The Cabinet of Ministers has banned foreigners from a number of African countries from December 3 from entering Ukraine due to the spread of the new COVID-19 strain Omicron that was first recorded in South Africa on November 24. The corresponding decision was made during a government meeting.
Provision is made to ban the crossing of the border by foreigners who have spent more than 7 days in the Republic of South Africa, the Republic of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Republic of Mozambique, and the Republic of Malawi.
Ukrainians and foreigners permanently residing in Ukraine arriving from these countries are required to undergo compulsory self-isolation.
Context. This decision relates to the spread of the new COVID-19 strain Omicron that was first recorded in South Africa on November 24. Viktor Liashko, the Minister of Health, reported that as of November 29, Omicron had not been found on the territory of Ukraine, but a number of countries had already announced the emergence of this strain on their territory.