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State Department issues ‘do not travel’ warnings over Omicron risks
November 27, 2021
The US State Department on Saturday formally warned Americans against traveling to South Africa and seven of its neighbors for fear of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant.
The Level 4 “do not travel” advisories were applied to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho, Eswatini and Botswana, one day after President Biden issued a travel ban on visitors from those same countries to begin Monday.
The State Department reserves Level 4 advisories for nations where Americans could face “greater likelihood of life-threatening risks,” according to its website — usually due to dangers like terrorism, violent crime, and civil unrest.
The department issued Level 4 warnings on Nov. 22 for travel to Germany and Denmark in the wake of record COVID surges there.
Starting Monday, the US will not allow travelers from South Africa and its seven neighbors to enter through American airports in an effort to slow the spread of the highly transmissible virus variant.