The Canadian government has lifted the travel ban imposed on 10 African countries, including Nigeria.
minister of health in Canada, Jean-Yves Duclos, announced the development at a media briefing on Friday.
The decision comes almost three weeks after the Canadian government banned 10 African countries over concerns relating to the Omicron COVID variant.
Speaking on the reversal of the ban on Friday, the Canadian health minister said: “With the evolving situation and overwhelming evidence of community transmission of Omicron in most countries around the world, we have taken the decision to lift the specific measures for travellers returning from the 10 countries initially listed,”
“This will be in effect as of December 18, 11:59pm.
“While we recognise the controversial nature of such a prohibition, we believe it was a necessary measure to slow the arrival of Omicron in Canada and buy us some time.
“Given the current situation, this measure has served its purpose and is no longer needed.”