Travel restrictions by country following the Omicron variant outbreak

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(CNN) — Simply as many nations world wide have been starting to loosen their border restrictions, experiences of a newly detected coronavirus variant in South Africa despatched lots of these doorways slamming shut once more.

Totally different nations and territories have taken completely different approaches towards stopping the unfold of this new variant.

Probably the most up-to-date data is beneath, however please bear in mind that governments can change their rules on a second’s discover. Examine again for additional updates.

Angola

Angola introduced on Saturday that it’s going to shut its borders with seven nations in southern Africa in an effort to forestall the unfold of the brand new Omicron variant, in response to state media.

Angola’s border can be closed to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe can be closed till January 5, 2022.

Argentina

Passengers coming into Argentina who’ve been wherever on the African continent throughout the final 14 days earlier than their arrival to the nation should endure a compulsory 14-day quarantine upon touchdown.

They have to additionally present proof of being totally vaccinated and a detrimental PCR check performed inside 72 hours earlier than departure. Upon arrival in Argentina, they have to take an antigen check. Vacationers who aren’t residents or residents of Argentina can be required to show they’ve medical health insurance that may cowl Covid-19.

Australia

Australian officers have suspended all inbound and outbound flights to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa and Zimbabwe for at the least 14 days and has banned foreigners with a journey historical past to those places throughout the earlier two weeks from coming into.

Quarantine guidelines are nonetheless in locations for the few folks allowed to enter the nation. Australian residents and totally vaccinated visa holders could enter, however foreigners should quarantine in a resort for as much as 14 days. Some locals are allowed to quarantine at dwelling, however every state has its personal tips.

In the meantime, the state of Tasmania is barring individuals who have been in any abroad location — apart from New Zealand’s South Island — from coming into.

Brazil

Brazil’s Presidential Chief of Employees Ciro Nogueira has stated his nation’s air borders with South Africa, Botswana, Swatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe at the moment are closed.

The measure, introduced Friday, got here regardless of President Jair Bolsonaro beforehand stating he wouldn’t assist such border closures.

Canada

Well being Minister Jean-Yves Duclos has introduced that any non-Canadian who has been in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and/or Eswatini from November 12 onward can be barred from coming into the nation. Canadian residents or everlasting residents who’ve been to a type of nations will nonetheless be allowed to come back dwelling, however with strict guidelines: they should have a detrimental PCR check to board their flight to Canada, should take one other virus check upon arrival, quarantine at a resort till they’ve a confirmed detrimental check consequence, after which quarantine at their residence for one more 14 days.

Cambodia

Anybody who has visited Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Angola and/or Zambia previously 21 days can be denied entry into the nation as of December 2.

Chile

Chile has banned the entry of anybody who has frolicked previously 14 days in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Chile residents who’ve been any of the affected territories should undergo testing on arrival and quarantine for seven days.

China

One nation not making main adjustments amid the Omicron information is China, possible as a result of the truth that its journey restrictions are already extraordinarily tight with few if any foreigners in a position to enter the nation. Zhong Nanshan, a prime respiratory illness professional and authorities adviser, stated China has no plans to take any “main motion” in response to the Omicron variant.

Hong Kong, in the meantime, strengthened its already tight restrictions, banning any foreigners who’ve visited South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe previously 21 days. Any Hong Kong residents arriving from the southern African nations should spend seven days in a authorities quarantine facility the place they’ll endure day by day virus testing and be monitored by well being professionals. After the seven days, they’re going to be required to proceed quarantine for 14 days at a chosen resort.

Denmark

Denmark has suggested its residents in opposition to all journey to Angola, Malawi, South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia, and launched a compulsory 10-quarantine and testing regime for anybody who has visited them previously 10 days.

All vacationers who’ve stayed in any of the seven nations inside 10 days earlier than entry to Denmark should be examined and go into isolation for 10 days after entry, in response to the Danish International Affairs Ministry. Isolation will be damaged on the sixth day after two detrimental PCR checks (on day four and 6).

Foreigners with no everlasting residence in Denmark should have a worthy function to journey to Denmark and may solely enter if they’ll current a detrimental PCR-test taken a most of 72 hours earlier than the time of entry, in response to the International Ministry.

Egypt

Egypt says it has stopped direct flights from numerous southern African nations, together with: South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini.

Fiji

Fiji is tightening its border rules. The southern African nations have been already on its “crimson record,” however now solely Fijian residents can enter the nation if they’ve been to one of many red-listed nations. As well as, they’ll now should quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, with PCR checks carried out on days 5 and 12.

Riaz Hassan, a spokesperson for Fiji’s Ministry of Well being and Medical Providers, informed CNN the brand new restrictions is not going to have an effect on the nation’s plans to reopen to vacationers December 1.

France

France has suspended all flights from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini.

Germany

Germany has banned all flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Greece

Greece will enable solely important journey from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Eswatini, Zambia and Malawi, the nation’s well being ministry stated Friday in a press release.

Vacationers should have a particular allow from the native Greek embassies and diplomatic missions to journey, the ministry stated, including that on arrival they are going to be examined and put in quarantine inns for 10 days after which they’re going to be examined once more.

India

Starting December 1, all worldwide passengers should submit a self-declaration kind to an internet authorities portal that features a 14-day journey historical past and a detrimental PCR check taken inside 72 hours previous to their departure, in response to tips issued by India’s Well being Ministry.

Vacationers from nations deemed “in danger” may even now face additional testing and surveillance, together with a PCR check on arrival. They may even should quarantine at dwelling for seven days.

As of November 26, “at-risk” nations embody South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, in addition to “nations in Europe together with the UK,” Brazil, Bangladesh, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

Indonesia

Indonesia says it’s banning the arrival of any foreigners who’ve frolicked within the final 14 days in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini and Nigeria. Any Indonesian nationals who’ve traveled to these nations can be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

Eire

Eire says it’s imposing necessary quarantine for anybody arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Irish residents arriving from affected nations can be allowed to isolate at dwelling.

Israel

Israel has the excellence of being the primary nation to shut its borders following information of the Omicron variant lower than three months after the Center Jap nation started permitting vacationers again in. Israeli residents can come again to the nation however should quarantine, even when totally vaccinated.

Italy

Italy has restricted the arrival of anybody who has been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini over the past 14 days.

Japan

As of November 30, Japan’s borders are closed to any non-citizens, together with worldwide college students, short-term residents (these already within the nation can keep), or folks visiting household.

Kuwait

Kuwait on Saturday halted direct business flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zambia and Malawi, and suggested in opposition to all journey, significantly to southern Africa. Kuwaiti nationals arriving from affected nations should spend seven days in quarantine, whereas non-Kuwaitis wouldn’t be permitted to enter inside 14 days of visiting the listed nations.

Maldives

Vacationers who’ve traveled to or transited for greater than 12 hours by South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Eswatini throughout the previous 14 days can be denied entry into the nation as of Sunday, the Well being Ministry stated.

Nationals of the Maldives and long-term visa holders arriving from these nations will nonetheless be allowed to enter, however should endure a compulsory 14-day quarantine with virus testing.

Malta

Malta has banned journey to and from South Africa, Nambia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe.

Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco has suspended all incoming worldwide flights for a two-week interval starting midnight November 29.

Netherlands

The Netherlands has imposed a flight ban on the southern African area following experiences of the brand new variant. Anybody coming into the Netherlands who has been to a type of nations is required to quarantine at a government-selected resort. Two folks have already been arrested for violating this coverage.

Nepal

As of December 3, Nepal is not going to subject vacationer visas to passengers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi and Hong Kong.

The nation’s well being ministry has beneficial that Nepalis don’t journey internationally until it’s an pressing scenario, however there are not any outright bans in place for outgoing passengers.

New Zealand

Solely New Zealand residents are allowed to journey from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Seychelles, Malawi and Mozambique as of 11:59 p.m. native time on November 28.

Vacationers from these nations are required to remain in managed isolation quarantine for 14 days and endure testing, New Zealand’s Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins stated in a press release.

Oman

Oman has suspended incoming flights from the next nations: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique, in response to native media.

Anybody who has visited the seven nations throughout the previous 14 days may even be banned from entry.

Pakistan

Pakistan introduced on Saturday that it will be closing its borders to arrivals from South Africa, Hong Kong, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho and Botswana. Pakistani residents getting back from affected nations can be permitted entry in the event that they’re vaccinated and produce detrimental outcomes taken from earlier than and after journey.

Philippines

The Philippines has suspended inbound flights from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mozambique till December 15.

Russia

Starting November 28, non-Russians who’ve traveled in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe aren’t allowed to enter the nation. Russian nationals who’ve been to a type of nations — or in Hong Kong, mainland China, Israel or the UK — are permitted to enter however are required to take a PCR check upon arrival and self-isolate till they’ve a confirmed detrimental consequence.

Rwanda

Rwanda on Sunday introduced a brief suspension of direct flights to and from southern Africa. Anybody arriving from affected nations can be required to quarantine for seven days.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has suspended air connections with South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini. Anybody who has spent any of the previous 14 days in affected nations can be barred from entry. Saudi residents who’ve visited the area should quarantine for 5 days on arrival.

Singapore

Arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe are drastically restricted as of November 28.

Anybody who shouldn’t be a Singaporean passport or residency holder who has visited at the least a type of nations is not going to be permitted to enter Singapore or transit by the airport there. Singaporean residents and residents who’ve visited one of many nations can nonetheless return dwelling however are topic to a 10-day quarantine.

Spain

Passengers arriving to Spain from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe should quarantine for 10 days, with the chance to go away isolation after a virus check on day seven. The brand new guidelines can be in place for 14 days, and could possibly be prolonged additional.

Passengers who’re residents within the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, Vaticano and el Marino, and who’re transiting by to Spain to succeed in these nations, are exempt from the brand new guidelines, in addition to airline crew members.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has banned the arrival of any foreigners who has been in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Eswatini previously 14 days. Sri Lankan residents arriving from the listed nations should spend 14 days in quarantine at dwelling.

Thailand

Thai authorities have confirmed that they’ll ban journey from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe ranging from December.

Turkey

Turkey on Friday issued a ban on arrivals from Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

UAE

Dubai is proscribing vacationers originating from or transiting from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, in response to Emirates airline.

Outbound passenger flights from Dubai to the nations listed nonetheless are permitted, the assertion stated.

United Kingdom

UK Well being Secretary Sajid Javid stated from Friday six nations can be added to the “crimson” record: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia. UK or Irish residents or everlasting residents getting back from a red-listed nation should quarantine in a resort for 10 days, no matter vaccination standing. Residents of different nations who’ve visited a red-list vacation spot will be unable to enter in any respect.

Additional restrictions on all arrivals have been introduced over the weekend. Anybody coming into the UK should now quarantine till they obtain the outcomes of a PCR check taken on their second day within the nation. Anybody testing optimistic faces a 10-day quarantine.

United States

President Joe Biden stated “I’ve determined we will be cautious,” earlier than saying restrictions in opposition to non-citizens coming into the US from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.