Canada announced lifting of ban on foreign travelers
Written by News Room on December 20, 2021
Canada announced Friday the lifting of a ban on foreign travelers from 10 African countries, while reimposing testing and warning that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 risks quickly overwhelming hospitals.
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told a news conference that the travel restriction on flights from South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt will end at 11:59 pm on Saturday (04:59 GMT Sunday),
He added that the restriction had been announced last month to slow the arrival of Omicron in Canada and buy them some time noting that the with Omicron now spreading within Canada it is no longer needed.
Duclos said, Pre-arrival negative PCR tests for all travelers would also be reinstated as of December 21, while repeating a government warning earlier this week that now was not the time to travel.