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Turkey closed its borders to passengers from five countries as a measure against the new coronavirus variant, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Nov. 26.
Travelers from Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe will not be allowed to enter as of Nov. 26 night due to rising cases of the new variant, Koca said in a tweet.
TEDBİR: Nu varyantı kaynaklı artan vakalar sebebiyle; Botsvana, Güney Afrika Cumhuriyeti, Mozambik, Namibya ve Zimbabve’den ülkemize tüm kara, hava, deniz ve demiryolu sınır kapılarımız yoluyla bu geceden itibaren seyahat edilmesine izin verilmeyecektir.— Dr. Fahrettin Koca (@drfahrettinkoca) November 26, 2021
The World Health Organization has declared the new coronavirus strain from southern Africa a “variant of concern,” naming it Omicron.
The UK has also suspended flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, whereas EU member states have agreed to introduce rapid restrictions on all travel from these countries as well as Mozambique.