During the omicron outbreak, what travel restrictions have been put in place around the world?
CNN maintains a list of travel restrictions by country during the Omicron variant outbreak, but warns that governments can change their regulations at any time.
The European Union restricts travel to and from seven southern African countries – Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe – while the US and South Korea have targeted those countries and Malawi, according to The New York Times. Britain has restricted travel with these eight nations as well as Angola and Zambia.
Japan, Israel and Morocco ban all foreign travelers, the New York Times reported.
Many countries are introducing such bans despite contradicting the advice of the World Health Organization, which warned of overreaction before the variant is thoroughly investigated, the Associated Press reported.
The South African government reacted angrily to the travel bans, which it said were “akin to punishing South Africa for its advanced genome sequencing and the ability to identify new variants more quickly”. It said it would try to persuade the countries that imposed it to reconsider, the AP reported.