Hong Kong has banned non-residents from entering the city from four African countries and plans to expand that to travelers who have been to Australia, Canada, Israel and six European countries in the past 21 days due to fears over Omicron.

The World Health Organization said on Monday the Omicron coronavirus variant carried a very high risk of infection surges, and countries around the world have tightened travel restrictions.

In a statement late on Monday, the Hong Kong government said non-residents from Angola, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zambia would not be allowed to enter the global financial hub as of Nov. 30.

Residents can return if they are vaccinated but will have to quarantine for seven days in a government facility and another two weeks in a hotel at their own cost.

Story continues below advertisement

“Non-Hong Kong residents from these four places will not be allowed to enter Hong Kong,” the statement said. “The most stringent quarantine requirements will also be implemented on relevant inbound travelers from these places.”

To date, at least five confirmed Omicron cases have been detected in Canada.

Hong Kong last week banned non-Hong Kong residents arriving from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Authorities have detected three people with the Omicron variant through mandatory testing while in quarantine, but it has no known coronavirus cases in the general community.

The global financial hub is among the last places in the world pursuing a zero-COVID strategy and has some of the tightest travel restrictions. In coming months it hopes to partially reopen the border with mainland China, which also has no tolerance for coronavirus cases.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Covid Australia: Snag may dash overseas holidays

A worker shortage of baggage handlers and airport ground staff could derail…

1 in 3 Women and 1 in 5 Men in EU May Develop Long COVID, WHO Says

JERUSALEM — New research suggests at least 17 million people in the…

COVID-19: Middlesex-London Health Unit reports 18 cases Wednesday

Outside of the Middlesex-London Health Unit, nearby SWPH reported 22 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday while Lambton Public Health reported five cases.

Omicron: The ‘noticeable’ symptom of the variant appearing in people’s hair post-infection

The recent wave of Omicron has racked the UK, but scientists are…