Countries closing borders due to Omnicron variant
, a new, severely mutated Covid-19 variant swept across the globe, closing borders, reinstating restrictions, and raising concerns.
Germany and France are already bringing back curbs to counter surges in infections. Swiss voters overwhelmingly supported a new COVID pass law in a ballot on November 28.
In England, masks will again be mandatory. All passengers travelling in UK will be required to take a PCR test and self-isolate until the results are negative.
Qatar, the United States, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the Netherlands have imposed travel restrictions from South Africa.
Angola became the first southern African country to suspend all flights from its regional neighbours Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa.
Israel imposed some of the strictest restrictions, closing its borders to all visitors barely four weeks after reopening to tourists after a lengthy ban due to COVID.
The Philippines has temporarily suspended a decision to allow fully vaccinated tourists entry in a bid to prevent omnicron as most of its population remains unvaccinated
On November 27, Canada banned travel from seven African countries over concerns about the spread of the Omicron strain .
On November 29 Japan announced to shut borders to foreign travelers from around the world as the new coronavirus variant spreads.