Nepal bans entry of all African nationals over new coronavirus variant

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Xinhua News

29th November 2021 – (Kathmandu) Nepal’s Home Ministry on Sunday decided to bar nationals from all African countries from entering the country for the time being, citing the threat posed by the new Omicron coronavirus variant.

“Considering the high risks from the new variant of the coronavirus, we instructed our immigration offices on Sunday not to allow citizens of all the African countries, except those with official or diplomatic passports, to enter the country with immediate effect,” Phanindramani Pokharel, the ministry’s spokesman, told Xinhua.

“Initially we instructed them verbally, and it will be formalized soon,” he said, adding the ministry has not set any deadline for the new rule as the threat of the new variant is being examined globally.

The World Health Organisation declared on Friday the latest variant B.1.1.529 of SARS-CoV-2, first identified in South Africa, to be “of concern,” its most serious level, and officially gave it the Greek name Omicron.

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