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Canada and US Ban Flights from African Countries

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Coronavirus - COVID

Canada and US Ban Flights from African Countries

Canada and the United States have banned flights from South Africa and neighbouring countries due to the latest Covid variant, Omicron, B.1.1.529. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called it a 'variant of concern' due to the ease of transmission.

Canada Travel Restrictions

Canada closed the border to all foreigners who have been to seven countries in southern Africa in the last 14 days:

  • South Africa
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Eswatini

According to the new travel requirements, Canadians and permanent residents who visit the 7 countries will need to get a negative PCR COVID-19 test before the last leg of their return trip as there are no direct flights from there to Canada, then will be tested on their arrival to Canada and be sent to a quarantine hotel until they receive a negative result.

Canada's new travel ban is expected to remain in effect until at least January 31.

U.S. Travel Restrictions

The United States government also announced a similar travel ban beginning November 29 for foreigners who have recently visited 8 southern Africa countries:

  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Zimbabwe
  • Namibia
  • Lesotho
  • Eswatini
  • Mozambique
  • Malawi

A senior government official said the U.S. could add countries to the restriction list if the variant spreads.

Know Before You Go

If you have questions about your eligibility to travel to Canada or the United States, contact Ackah Law for assistance.

📞Contact Ackah Law BEFORE you try to cross the Border (403) 452‑9515


Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

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