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Georgia tightens travel regs for 8 countries due to new Covid-19 variant

Georgian and foreign citizens travelling from eight countries, including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatin (Swailand), Mozambique and Malawi, will go into a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Georgia as the new variant of Covid-19 has been detected in South Africa.

After the quarantine, the individuals will need to make a PCR test. While the foreign citizens will have to cover all of the expenses on their own, the state will cover the costs of the Georgian citizens.

The regulations enter into effect in Georgia today after a new Covid-19 variant of Omicron, which has a high number of mutations, has reached some of the European countries, prompting them to impose restrictions including travel bans on several southern African countries.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says as the virus is moving faster than the global distribution of vaccines, the fastest way to end the pandemic is to ensure vaccines are available to everyone, everywhere.


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