Covid-19: Iran bans travel from southern Africa over Omicron variant

Iranians arriving from the region will be admitted after testing negative twice for Covid-19,



People shop in a mall, in Johannesburg, South Africa. — AP
People shop in a mall, in Johannesburg, South Africa. — AP

By Reuters

Published: Sat 27 Nov 2021, 12:45 AM

Iran has banned the entry of travellers from South Africa and five neighbouring countries after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in the region, a top Iranian epidemiology official said on Friday.

Iranians arriving from the region will be admitted after testing negative twice for Covid-19, Mohammad Mehdi Gouya, head of Iran’s Centre for Disease Control, was quoted as saying by state broadcaster IRIB.

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