The Turkish Health Minister, Fahrettin Koca, sought to alleviate public concerns over the new coronavirus variant, “Pirola,” asserting on Monday that there is no need to fear the once-deadly COVID-19 virus.
Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) ordered a temporary suspension of the Thailand Pass for all new TEST&GO and Sandbox applications (except Phuket Sandbox), effective from 22 December, 2021, citing the rising number of Omicron variant cases in the country.
Governments across Asia are tightening entry requirements and quarantine rules for travellers in response to the Omicron variant, and some countries such as Malaysia and the Philippines have totally banning the entry of travellers from high risk countries from southern Africa.
Visitors from South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe are not permitted entry into Seychelles effective Saturday, 27th November, 2021 until further notice, the Seychelles Ministry of Health has announced.
Although President Donald Trump on his last day in the office tried to eliminate the Covid-19-related ban on travel from Brazil, Britain and much of Europe, Jen Psaki, current White House press secretary on Monday said that the ban would remain intact.