The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued travel advice due to concerns about the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
A key piece of advice is that people 60 and older, those who are not fully vaccinated and people at increased risk of severe COVID-19 disease should “postpone travel to areas of community transmission.”
The WHO also advises national authorities to implement measures, including screening of passengers before travel and on arrival, to “potentially delay and / or reduce exports or imports of the new variant.”
“Nevertheless, these measures need to be defined following a thorough risk assessment process informed by the local epidemiology of the countries of departure and destination and by the health system and public health capacity of the countries of departure, transit and arrival,” the WHO Council reads.
The WHO data also stresses that “general travel bans” will not prevent the spread of COVID-19, but will “place a heavy burden on life and livelihoods.”
“In addition, they could have a negative impact on global health efforts during a pandemic by discouraging countries from reporting and sharing epidemiological and sequencing data,” the guide reads. “All countries should ensure that the measures are regularly reviewed and updated when there is new evidence of the epidemiological and clinical characteristics of Omicron or any other VOC. [variants of concern]. “
Canada has imposed a flight ban on foreign nationals traveling to Canada from 10 countries: South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt.
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All travelers who have been in the 10 countries on the no-fly zone within the last 14 days must be quarantined at a hotel when they first arrive in Canada.
Canada will require all international travelers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated (except from the United States), to be tested at the airport where they land. They will then need to isolate until they get the result of their test.