The World Health Organization has sided with airlines criticizing travel bans arising from Omicron worries.
The organization is urging countries not to again impose blanket restrictions on travel, and instead “take a risk-based and scientific approach and put in place measures which can limit its possible spread.”
“Travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of COVID-19 but place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods,” Moeti said in a statement. “If restrictions are implemented, they should not be unnecessarily invasive or intrusive, and should be scientifically based, according to the International Health Regulations, which is a legally binding instrument of international law recognized by over 190 nations.”
Israel has already moved to ban entry by foreign nationals, and Morocco will suspend all air traffic for 2 weeks.
For its part, the United States will ban South Africa and 7 other African nations starting today.