Canada has joined the United Kingdom as the latest country to revers the travel ban placed on African countries following the discovery of the Omicron variant. The reverse came at the backdrop of a widespread criticism calling the decision unfair
According to the announcement by the Canadian health minister, Jean-Yves Duclos, the ban will be reversed for countries including Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Malawi, Lesotho, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini and Egypt.
The health ministry added that, the country will still bring back the pre-arrival tests for incoming travelers, including flights from the said African countries. The reversal was scheduled to take effect from December 18th 2021.
The earlier ban by the UK, Canada and co affected 11 African countries such as Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe as part of a supposed measure against Omicron.
African leaders and scientists blasted Canada and UK for the harsh decision which was termed a “travel apartheid.” The criticisms were based on the fact that, the new variant was not only found in African countries.
Their decision was however met with a direct reaction from Nigeria as the authorities banned flights from the UK, Canada and co and also placed them on red list in retaliation. The announcement by Nigeria is considered to be fruitful as the UK and Canada have so far rescind their decision.