Travel restrictions usa to south africa

U.S. to lift restrictions on U.S. flights on Friday

Washington, Dec 28 (EFE) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed an order lifting restrictions on travelers from South Africa and seven other countries in the southern part of the continent as of Friday, Dec. 31.

These restrictions had been in place since November 29, when they were enacted to try to prevent the arrival and spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, first identified in southern Africa.

The restrictions affected the countries of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi, and prevented any non-U.S. citizen who had been in any of those countries during the previous fourteen days from entering the U.S.

Earlier this month, the U.S. government’s chief epidemiologist, Anthony Fauci, said he expected the United States to review travel restrictions from southern Africa within “a reasonable period of time.”

U.S. bans travel from South Africa and other countries in the world

Washington, Dec 21 (EFE) – U.S. President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he is “considering” reversing travel restrictions from South Africa and other African countries imposed by his administration last November after the appearance of the Omicron variant.

Earlier this month, the U.S. government’s chief epidemiologist, Anthony Fauci, said he expected the United States to review these travel restrictions within “a reasonable period of time.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed Monday that Omicron is already the most contagious variant of the coronavirus in the United States, where between December 12 and 18 accounted for 73.2% of new cases. EFE

Covid variant travel restrictions in the United States

WASHINGTON – The U.S. government notified Friday that starting next Monday it will place restrictions on travelers from South Africa and seven other countries in southern Africa due to the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus dubbed “omicron.”

“As a precautionary measure until we have more information, I am ordering additional air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries,” President Joe Biden said in a statement sent by the White House.

The new restrictions will go into effect Nov. 29 and as information and knowledge of the omicron variant advances, Biden said, further decisions could be made based on what science and the medical team of advisors advise him.

President Biden made the decision after hearing suggestions from his chief medical advisor, Anthony Fauci, and officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

More than 30 countries impose travel restrictions

The cascade of country restrictions began Thursday night when the United Kingdom announced it would temporarily suspend flights from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

Singapore has opted to ban entry to all non-residents from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, while returning nationals and permanent residents from any of these countries will be required to spend 10 days at home. Malaysia has also taken similar measures.

Meanwhile, Germany plans to declare South Africa a “virus variant area” as of Friday night, which will mean that airlines will only be able to enter from the country to repatriate German nationals.

The United States will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries as of Monday. Following advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Biden administration will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

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