With many countries revising their border restrictions, check with your destination country before making international travel plans. Here's the latest on travel restrictions and rules across the world.
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As expectations from the travel and hospitality industry rose high with the Indian government deciding to allow restarting of scheduled international flights from December 15 this year, news about the spread of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529 (now referred to as the Omicron) has forced the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to rush to issue a revised guideline for international arrivals.
The various changes being made to rules and regulations for international flights and passengers is a developing situation. As of today, there are the guidelines that have been announced:
The Union government has also urged states for rigorous surveillance of international passengers, enhanced testing, monitoring the hotspots of COVID -19, ensuring augmentation of health infrastructure, including undertaking samples for whole genome sequencing.
The new guidelines will come into effect from December 1 this year.
Meanwhile, media reports quoted the Union government as saying there is no case of Omicron variant in India but two clusters are being investigated in Karnataka and Maharashtra. According to reports, COVID-19 samples of people returning from South Africa to Karnataka and Maharashtra have been sent for Omicron testing.
The Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution met today to review what is known about the #COVID19 variant B.1.1.529.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) November 26, 2021
They advised WHO that it should be designated a Variant of Concern.
WHO has named it Omicron, in line with naming protocols https://t.co/bSbVas9yds pic.twitter.com/Gev1zIt1Ek
With the World Health Organisation (WHO), in its latest statement (dated November 28, 2021), saying that the likelihood of potential further spread of Omicron at the global level is high, has put the world in quandary. On November 26, WHO designated the variant B.1.1.529 (now referred to as the Omicron) a variant of concern (VOC). According to reports, the South African doctor who raised the alarm about the Omicron variant says symptoms are mild.
According to a statement from the WHO, the B.1.1.529 variant was first reported to them from South Africa on November 24, 2021. The first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on November 9, 2021. According to latest media reports, new cases are now being reported from various parts of the world too.
So if you are planning to travel abroad, then do check for the latest updates from the destination countries. Amid Omicron fears, many countries are imposing fresh restrictions as well as shelving plans to ease their COVID-9 measures. South Korea has said it is shelving its plans to ease its COVID-19 measures; Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Japan have either restricted travel to or stopped flights from southern Africa.
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