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Travel and Covid-19: Omicron variant causes new wave of restrictions


DECRYPTION - Compulsory test or isolation, suspension of air links ... More and more countries have just tightened their entry conditions in order to protect themselves from the new variant of the coronavirus. A big blow for tourism.

Will the Omicron variant put a new brake on global tourism?

Under the combined effect of the fifth wave and the appearance of this new strain of Covid-19, several countries in Europe and on other continents are imposing new restrictions on foreign travelers, including those who have been vaccinated.

Cases linked to the new variant, which presents a "

very high risk

" according to the World Health Organization (WHO), have been identified in a dozen countries, including the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Compulsory test for vaccinated travelers, suspension of air links, restrictions on site ...

Le Figaro

takes stock of the new travel restrictions linked to the Omicron variant.

Read alsoCovid-19: where can we travel?

Our map of open countries and restrictions for French tourists

In Europe

  • United Kingdom:

    From Tuesday, November 30, all travelers entering the country will have to take a PCR test two days after arrival and self-isolate while awaiting the results.

    Antigenic tests will no longer be allowed.

  • Portugal


    from December 1, all travelers, even vaccinated, must have a negative test (PCR of less than 72 hours or antigen of less than 48 hours).

    The vaccination certificate will be compulsory to access hotels and restaurants.

    The country will be confined from January 2 for a week.

Read also Travel to Portugal and Covid-19: tests, vaccine, health pass ... What you need to know for this fall

  • Italy


    a "super health pass" comes into effect from December 6 to January 15, 2022. During this period, only people vaccinated and cured of Covid-19 will be able to access restaurants, museums, theaters ... Trains, hotels and transport public will also remain accessible to people with a simple negative test.

Read also Travel to Italy and Covid-19: super health pass, vaccine, restrictions ... What you need to know to go there this winter

  • Netherlands:

    since November 28, restrictions have been tightened: bars, restaurants and non-essential shops close between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m.

  • Belgium


    discos and nightclubs are closed.

    Bars, restaurants and night shops close between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

    These measures are valid for three weeks, until December 15.

Elsewhere in the world

The hall of Marrakech Menara airport, this Saturday, November 27.

Morocco closes its air borders for two weeks from November 29.

Anne-Claire Delorme

  • Morocco


    the kingdom is suspending all commercial flights and maritime links to its territory for a period of two weeks from Monday, November 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Read also "You can only find tickets at 700 or 1000 euros": in Morocco, the galley of French tourists

  • Southern Africa:

    France is suspending arrivals from seven Southern African countries (South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini) until at least Tuesday, November 30.

  • Israel:

    the borders are closed to foreign nationals for 14 days since Monday, November 29.

  • Philippines


    the country is suspending its plan to reopen the borders to tourists, even vaccinated, initially scheduled for December 1.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2021-11-29

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