The Omicron variant has wreaked further havoc as the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and South Africa has had to bear the brunt of numerous travel bans.
According to Business Insider, the African Union wants several member states to urgently drop their restrictions on South African travellers, while president Cyril Ramaphosa recently said that travel bans have been unfairly placed on the country, and called them unjustified and discriminatory.
However, the latest news surrounding Omicron comes after South Africa’s embassy in Moscow told Sputnik that anyone who is infected with the Omicron variant is not permitted to leave SA.
“South Africa follows and enforces globally recognised Covid-19 health protocols on travel. No infected individuals are permitted to leave the country,” the embassy said as per IOL.
The embassy went on to say that “Our immediate concern is the damage that these restrictions are causing to families, the travel and tourism industries and business.
“South Africa has already started engaging countries that have imposed travel bans with the view to persuade them to reconsider.”