EU lifts travel ban from South Africa
The European Union yesterday lifted travel restrictions on flights from South Africa more than a month after it decided to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.
The highly contagious variant was first discovered in South Africa in late November, and the 27-nation bloc banned travel for visitors from that region.
Since then, Omicron has become the dominant variant and is responsible in the EU and many other countries for an unprecedented increase in infections. This made the ban on travel from South Africa a controversial point.
However travelers from South Africa and neighboring countries will have to submit proof of vaccination and cure from the variant.