June 26, 2022

Highlights
• These travel curbs are not applicable to American citizens and lawful U.S. permanent residents

According to the American President, Joe Biden, his nation of the United States has decided to prohibit entry to majority of travellers from eight southern African countries starting from Monday. This decision has been made in wake of rising threat of highly contagious new variant of coronavirus that was identified in South Africa.

This new variant names as Omicron is the latest challenge that is haunting the President Joe Biden’s administration, which has been taking rampant efforts to vaccinate Americans. On the other hand, President Biden has been immensely criticised by international health experts over failure in sending vaccines to poorer countries.

These travel curbs are not applicable to American citizens and lawful U.S. permanent residents. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that no cases of Omicron were identified in the United States to date, while the health experts are hopeful that they would identify the B.1.1.529 variant quickly, if it emerges in the America.

These new travel curbs are applicable to African countries of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.