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EU to Discuss Easing Omicron Travel Curbs on Southern Africa

  • Easing travel ban may be possible in a week, EU diplomat says
  • The bloc’s health ministers meet Tuesday in Brussels
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European Union health ministers are expected to discuss Tuesday whether it’s advisable to adjust the travel curbs the bloc’s nations have imposed on southern Africa in response to the omicron variant, an EU diplomat said.

One option under consideration is to require a PCR test for vaccinated third-country nationals from that region, which could allow a decision in a week or so to ease or lift some travel bans, according to an EU diplomat familiar with discussions ahead of Tuesday’s meeting in Brussels.