Africa travel ban

'Emergence of Omicron was inevitable', says South Africa President as COVID cases increase five-fold

Cyril Ramaphosa said the number of daily infections has increased five-fold in the past week, with nearly a quarter of all COVID-19 tests now returning positive.

published on : 7th December 2021

Isolating South Africa will not help in containing Omicron variant: top epidemiologist

Prof Salim Abdool-Kariman projected a dramatic rise in infections in the coming days but given the variant already surfaced in other countries, a travel ban will really be of little help.

published on : 1st December 2021

Omicron threat: Biden to review Covid travel ban 'week to week'

Asked how long travel restrictions that took effect Monday on South Africa and seven other southern African countries would remain in place,  Biden said it "kind of depends."

published on : 1st December 2021

Pakistan bans travel from 6 African countries, Hong Kong amid concern over new Covid variant Omicron

However, Pakistani passengers travelling from these countries "on extreme emergency" will only be allowed after obtaining exemptions, the NCOC said.

published on : 27th November 2021

Bangladesh suspends travel from South Africa amid fears of new COVID-19 variant Omicron

"We must also be cautious about citizens travelling from other countries. We will check if they have received the vaccine and the RT-PCR test," Minister of Health and Family Welfare Zahid said.

published on : 27th November 2021

Covid travel bans on South Africa "draconian", "misdirected": Health Minister Joe Phaahla

Omicron was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on November 24, and has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel.

published on : 27th November 2021

EU likely to impose travel ban on African countries as WHO classifies new COVID variant as 'highly transmissible'

Many EU member states had already gone ahead with flight suspensions from some or all of the seven African countries. Others were expected to follow suit over coming days.

published on : 26th November 2021