South Korea announced today that it will restrict visas to those who fly from eight African countries and that those who land in national territory from these destinations will have stricter quarantines due to the new omicron variant of the coronavirus.
The Asian country will restrict the issuance of visas to those from South Africa and seven other nearby countries as of tomorrow, November 28, to prevent the entry of the new variant, the Agency for the Prevention and Control of Korea Infectious Diseases (KDCA).
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The other seven countries affected by this new regulation are Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and Malawi.
All have been included in the KDCA’s list of risk countries, which also implies a tightening of quarantines for those who land from these destinations.
Regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated, these people must keep a mandatory 10-day quarantine in a State facility and must undergo three PCR tests during that period.
The KDCA list of risk countries also implies the restriction of direct flights from the included territories, but in this case the country’s main international airport, Incheon (west of Seoul), only has a direct correspondence with the African continent. (with the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa).
The South Korean announcement comes after places such as the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, the United States, Israel or Japan have announced suspension of flights from these eight countries or toughened quarantines for those traveling from there.
The omicron variant, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has described as “worrisome” and has already been detected in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Belgium or the United Kingdom, worries experts due to the high number of mutations it presents .
South Korea has yet to detect a single infection of this variant.
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