Japan briefly eased border controls in November after COVID-19 cases rapidly declined, but quickly reinstated a ban on most foreign entrants after the highly transmissible new variant emerged.
The decision is one of several rapid changes in policy for Israel as the super-contagious omicron variant sets infection records around the world.
In a memorandum, they explained to the CM the impact of previous lockdowns on the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors.
Unvaccinated people coming from South Africa still must quarantine in France for 10 days under supervision from local authorities.
The ministry also stressed the requirement to receive the booster dose for vaccinated citizens as per the national protocol on travel.
The rare move to red-list the U.S. comes amid rising coronavirus infections in Israel and marks a change to pandemic practices between the two nations with close diplomatic relations.
With so many questions outstanding, uncertainty reigned over how quickly and how severely to crack down on Christmas travel and end-of-year parties.
Angelique Coetzee, the doctor who identified the variant says hospitalisations are on the rise; clinical symptoms very different from Delta.
'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.
The National Command and Operation Center, the top anti-coronavirus body, reviewed the prevalent Covid-19 situation across the globe in order to revise the policy for categorization of air travel.
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.
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."
'It disincentivises the country which reported the variant': Experts bat against travel bans to curb Omicron threat
Travel bans in the light of detection of the new Omicron variant, are not a useful measure and their benefits are limited for a multitude of reasons, some experts say.
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.
The person, who was fully vaccinated against coronavirus, developed symptoms "in the course of the week" and was then tested.