The United States will lift travel restrictions on eight African countries on December 31, after more than a month, in a bid to slow the spread of the Omicron variant, a White House spokesman said in a Twitter message today.
Travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi are currently barred from entering US territory, a decision announced on November 26 “due to excessive “the White House recalled.
For what reasons was it decided to lift the restrictions?
The US government assures that for two “substantial reasons” it is decided to lift the restrictions.
Initially, the finding that “current vaccines effectively protect against severe form (of Covid-19) associated with Omicron, especially after a booster dose.”
Then the fact that “international travelers arriving from these countries will not have a significant impact on the number of cases in the US”, now that the Omicron variant is very widespread in the country.
The adoption and subsequent maintenance of these travel restrictions, which only burdened South Africa while the new executive was spreading rapidly around the world, has drawn much criticism from the Biden government.