Omicron variant: Countries that have imposed travel restrictions

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More than 30 countries have imposed travel restrictions following the spread of the Omicron coronavirus mutation.

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About 30 countries have closed their borders to some countries and others have taken tough measures to stop the spread of the Omicron variant.

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The newly discovered coronavirus variant has forced countries to tighten their borders, just as many began to reopen travel abroad.

Nations are adopting varying levels of border controls with countries such as Israel, Morocco and Japan closing their borders completely, while others have only tightened COVID testing at the border.

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The map below shows countries that have imposed travel restrictions. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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China – China already had tight border controls, with only citizens and resident permit holders allowed into the country.

Israel – Israel banned foreigners from entering the country for 14 days. Israeli citizens will be able to return to the country, but they will still need to be quarantined after being fully vaccinated.

Japan – Japan closed its borders for a month to non-citizens, including foreign exchange students and those traveling for business.

Morocco – Morocco has suspended all incoming flights for two weeks.

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Angola – Angola announced that it would close its borders with countries in southern Africa, including Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, until January 5.

Australia – Australia suspended all flights to and from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa and Zimbabwe for at least 14 days.

Brazil – Brazil closed its border to flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Cambodia – Cambodia banned travelers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Angola and Zambia.

Canada – Canada has banned non-citizens from traveling to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe from 12 November.

Egypt – Egypt suspended direct flights from Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

fiji – Fiji already had strict border controls, and only citizens could enter the country.

France – France halted flights from Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Germany – Germany has suspended all flights from Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Indonesia – Indonesia banned any foreigner who had spent the last 14 days in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Italy – Italy has suspended the arrival of anyone who has traveled to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days.

Kuwait – Kuwait halted direct flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with non-citizens not allowed to enter if they have traveled to those countries.

Maldives – Foreigners who have traveled to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe within the past 14 days will be denied entry.

Malta – Malta bans travel to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe

Netherlands – The Netherlands has suspended flights carrying non-citizens from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

New Zealand – New Zealand is only allowing citizens to enter the country. Any foreign travelers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa and Zimbabwe will be denied entry.

Oman – Oman has suspended flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe and will ban the entry of anyone who has traveled to these countries in the past 14 days.

Pakistan – Pakistan closed its borders to Botswana, Hong Kong, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa.

Philippines – The Philippines suspended flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe until 15 December.

Russia – Russia suspended entry to non-Russians traveling from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Rwanda – Rwanda suspended all direct flights to and from southern Africa.

Saudi Arab – Saudi Arabia halts flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe and non-citizens who have spent the last 14 days in listed countries will be barred from entry

Singapore – Any non-citizens from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe will be barred from entering Singapore.

Sri Lanka – Foreigners from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe will be barred from entry.

Thailand – Thailand imposed travel restrictions on people from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe from December.

Turkey – Turkey banned arrivals from Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

United Arab Emirates – Travelers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are banned from traveling to the United Arab Emirates.

United Kingdom – The UK added Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to its red list.

United States of america – The US barred non-citizens from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe from entering the country.

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