Biden to lift omicron travel ban on New Year’s Eve

On December 24, 2021, The Biden administration announced that it will lift travel restrictions that were imposed on eight southern African countries. The travel restrictions were implemented on November 26, 2021, to try to slow the spread of omicron. Under the order banning travel, foreign travelers are barred from entering the US if they have been in one of eight southern African countries, including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi. White House spokesperson Kevin Munoz said the decision was recommended by the CDC after they spent time studying the new variant.

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