Nov 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka, joining a number of countries that has banned or restricted travel to and from southern Africa, has barred entry to passengers from South Africa and several other southern African countries due to the new Covid variant ‘Omicron’ found in South Africa.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Sri Lanka has requested that anyone who has arrived during the last 14 days be quarantined.
The Civil Aviation Authority said the ban is imposed on tourists from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.
The new SARS-COV2 variant was first reported to the World Health Organization from South Africa on 24 November, and has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel.
A number of countries have already taken steps to ban or restrict travel to and from South Africa.
The World Health Organization says that the number of cases of this strain, originally named B.1.1.529, is increasing in all parts of South Africa. It has been found to have a number of mutations and a high risk of recurrence.