WHO (The world health organization) expresses concern about a new covid-19 variant called “Omicron” in the article “WHO advice for international traffic in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant (B.1.1.529)” and suggests more regulations.
WHO ranked the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) a variant of concern after it was first reported from Africa. Therefore, WHO demands all countries to report any case of Omicron or any other variant to allow other countries to take the safety measures.
WHO states that this variant has an increased risk of reinfection. However, they reassure that omicron could be detected by the PCR test. Reporting cases of omicron or any other variant to WHO and sharing any scientific information with WHO helps in better understanding of the virus.
While Travel remains important in Cargo transport, essential supplies, and emergency humanitarian missions, WHO advises countries to follow the International Health Regulations for the COVID-19 pandemic in order to delay or prevent Omicron from spreading. Safety measures include wearing masks, screening the passengers, vaccination, and social distancing.
Finally, WHO emphasizes that travelers should be observed for signs and symptoms, get vaccinated, and take their health status into consideration.
30 November 2021 COVID-19 Travel Advice