According to a written statement from the White House, US President Joe Biden signed the decree that lifted the travel ban applied to eight African countries after the Omicron variant spread rapidly in the USA.
According to the decree, the travel ban that applied to eight African countries will be lifted as of December 31st.
On November 26, Biden imposed travel restrictions on South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Esvatini, Mozambique, and Malawi due to the Omicron variant.
Within the scope of the restriction, people who are not US citizens or residents could not travel to the US from these countries.
Biden announced on December 21st that he is considering lifting the travel restrictions to African countries.
Describing Covid-19 as a ‘formidable enemy’, Biden noted that Omicron is currently the dominant variant in the USA.
Emphasizing that almost all of those who died due to Covid-19 in recent months were unvaccinated, Biden said, “People who are vaccinated can catch Covid-19, but the vaccine greatly protects you from getting seriously ill and dying.”
Emphasizing that getting vaccinated is a “patriotic duty,” Biden said, “I got my 3rd dose of reminder. Former President Trump also announced that he had a reminder dose. This may be the only issue on which we agree with Trump.”