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The U.S. will impose new travel restrictions Monday on South Africa and seven other African countries following the emergence of a new variant of the COVID-19 virus.
Additional Information: Under rules that took effect Nov. 8, foreign nationals are generally permitted to enter the U.S. if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The restrictions on travel from the eight countries in Southern Africa will apply regardless of vaccination status, however. President Joe Biden said in a statement Thursday that the restrictions were imposed “as a precautionary measure until we have more information” about the Omicron variant.
BAL Analysis: The immigration agencies are expected to issue additional guidance on how they will implement the proclamation, including the “national interest” exception standard. BAL will continue to monitor implementation of the new restrictions and will provide updates as information becomes available. BAL continues to urge foreign nationals to consult their BAL professional before planning international travel as travel restrictions may change with little notice and could affect the ability of travelers to re-enter the U.S.
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