Canada bans entry from three more countries to reduce the risk of Omicron variant imports

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Canada on Tuesday banned entry from three more countries in a bid to reduce the risk of imports arising from international travel and transmission of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada.

The government of Canada expanded the list of countries subject to entry bans following the announcement by World Health Organization on November 26, 2021, classifying the B.1.1.529 (Omicron) variant as a variant of concern.

“Based on data from ongoing surveillance efforts and the most recent public health advice, the Government of Canada is expanding the list of countries subject to entry bans, first announced on November 26 2021, to include Egypt, Nigeria and Malawi. Effective tomorrow, foreign nationals who were in one of these countries during the last 14 days will be denied the right to enter Canada,” the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a statement.

The countries subjected to entry bans, include Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Egypt, Nigeria and Malawi are the three countries which were included in the entry bans list on Tuesday.

Regardless of their vaccine status or their history of testing for COVID-19, Canadian citizens, permanent residents as well as those registered under the Indian Act who have been in one of these 10 countries in the during the last 14 days will have to comply with reinforced measures in terms of pre-entry and arrival screening tests, control and the obligation to quarantine, the Public Health Agency of Canada added in its statement.

The statement further added that in the future, the surveillance of border screening tests will be modified based on the most recent available evidence to further reduce the risk of importation of this variant.

Over the next few days, all fully vaccinated travelers arriving by air from countries other than the United States will be screened for screening upon arrival.

Fully vaccinated travelers will also need to self-quarantine while awaiting the result of their screening test on arrival.

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