Guatemala announces entry restrictions for passengers from eight African countries before the Omicron variant

The Guatemalan Ministry of Health announced this Monday that it will restrict access to the national territory for passengers from eight African countries due to the new variant of the Omicron coronavirus.

Entry into the country is restricted to all foreigners whose original origin came from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Egypt in the last 14 days. However, the measure provides for an exception for foreign nationals with permanent residence in Guatemala, persons in the diplomatic corps accredited in the country and flight personnel who receive a mandatory ten-day quarantine upon arrival.

The quarantined individuals are checked by the Central American country’s Department of Health’s Epidemiological Surveillance Unit after entering the country via land, sea and air migration points for “strict case and contact follow-up”.

Guatemala announces entry restrictions for passengers from eight African countries before the Omicron variant
Guatemala announces entry restrictions for passengers from eight African countries before the Omicron variant

The ministerial agreement came into force this Monday and has a “temporary and preventive scope” as the standards are updated according to the behavior and scientific knowledge of the Omicron variant.

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