Omicron Variant

WHO announced that a New Variant of Coronavirus is more dangerous than the last two variants. In order to control its transmission, more than 30 countries have closed their doors for any kind of traveling.

For the past two years, we have seen horrible situations all over the world due to the first and second waves of covid. If this time we couldn’t take any harsh steps, then the consequences would be more threatening. 

Travel restrictions are the essential step in controlling the transmission of Omicron. It is advised to all travelers, don’t travel unnecessarily and without any precautions. If you want a secure environment for all, then please follow the guidelines of WHO and other medical associations. 

Governments are adopting different parameters of border control with countries such as Japan, Israel, and Morocco closing their borders completely, while others have only tightened RT-PCR at the border. 

The below-given map shows the current restrictions imposed by the different countries.

  • White: Border Opens
  • Light Brown: Border Close to Some Countries
  • Dark Brown: Border Close for All Countries

Picture Source: News Organization (Last updated on 7th December)

Full Bans

Japan: In the surge of the omicron variant, Japan closed its borders for all countries for one month. It includes international students, business travelers, and ten African nations including South Africa. 

China: Only permanent citizens of China are allowed to enter the country premises. Hong Kong banned non-Hong Kong citizens coming from Namibia, South Africa, Malawi, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini, and Zimbabwe.

Later they further added more countries to the restricted list such as  Ethiopia, Zambia, Angola, Nigeria, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Belgium, Austria, Australia, Italy, Israel, and The Chez Republic. Japan, Sweden, and Portugal are also further added to the restricted list of countries.  

Morocco: Morocco suspended all International flights for two weeks. To stop the rapid transmission of Omicron, the officials of Morocco imposed a complete ban on international travel. They also start covid tests within their region so that any upcoming trouble can be handled easily. 

Japan: Japan also completely banned the entry of any international traveler. For one month, no international flights or passengers are allowed to enter the country. Citizens of 10 African countries are totally prohibited in Japan, including South Africa. 

travel bans on countries because of Omicron Variant

Partially Bans

Brazil: Brazil closed its border for South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, and Eswatini. Along with this, the covid test is mandatory for all domestic and international travelers. 

Angolo: Angolo declared that it will close its borders for Tanzania, Lesotho, Malawi, Eswatini, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique until the 5th of January. 

Canada: Canada announced that all International travelers who come from any part of the world are required to submit negative Rt-PCR reports at the airport. They also closed their borders for Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Namibia, Mozambique, and Lesotho. 

Australia: Australia hasn’t imposed a full ban on the International traveler but has taken some necessary steps to stop the spread of the omicron variant. It closed its border for Mozambique, Seychelles, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Namibia, Lesotho, and South Africa for at least two weeks. 

Cambodia: Cambodia also put some major restrictions to protect its citizens from the dangerous omicron variant. It also closed its borders for Eswatini, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Angola, Zambia, and  South Africa.

France:  France also implies major restrictions on International travel. All non-residents of France are required to submit a negative RT-PCR not older than 72 hours. They also stopped flights from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Mozambique. 

Indonesia: Indonesia banned all those International travelers who travel to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa in the last 14 days. Along with this, the RT-PCR test is mandatory for others. 

Saudi Arab: Being a popular tourist destination in the world, Saudi Arabia is also closed its door for International travel including Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, and Eswatini.

Thailand: Due to the omicron variant, Thailand has also imposed strict restrictions on International flights and travel. Non-residents of Thailand have to submit a covid negative report on the airport and it should not be older than 72 hours. Travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Eswatini, and Mozambique are fully banned. 

Sri Lanka: The sudden rise of the omicron variant frightening the officials of Sri Lanka. Thus, they imposed a partial ban on International flights and travel. Foreigners from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, and Eswatini will be barred from entry. 

Philippines: The Philippines imposed a partial ban on International travel and flight to control the transmission of omicron variants. The Philippine government halted inbound flights from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique until 15th December.

Paraguay: The government of Paraguay took quick action to stop the spread of covid new variant. It has restricted entry from Zimbabwe, Botswana, Angola, Zambia, Eswatini, Malawi, Lesotho, South Africa, Mozambique, and Namibia. 

Apart from these above-shared countries Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Kuwait, Maldives, Malta, Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam also imposed travel restrictions due to omicron. 

The government is trying its best to stop the transmission of the omicron variant. Being responsible citizens we must support our government and other health organizations. Simply, we can follow the given guidelines and spread awareness in our locality about the consequences of the new variant.

So, avoid public places, don’t rush out without masks, use sanitizer and maintain social distance.