The United States is set to lift its travel ban imposed on several southern African nations from next Friday, 31 December.
The ban was put in place to restrict entry to foreign nationals after the Omicron variant of Covid was first detected by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 24 November.
From 29 November, nearly all non-US citizens who had recently been in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi were banned in an "abundance of caution" approach.
While WHO and the United Nations spoke out against the travel bans, a number of countries around the world also restricted travel from southern Africa at the time.
Officials in South Africa said they were being punished for identifying the strain
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. will lift travel restrictions to eight southern African countries on New Year's Eve, the White House announced Friday.The restrictions, imposed last month, were meant to blunt the spread of the COVID omicron variant.The Nov.
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