"Due to the increase in the number of cases due to the omicron option, travel from Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe to our country ... is prohibited," the agency quoted Koji as saying.

It is noted that the restrictions will affect all Turkish land, air, sea and rail border crossings.

It is specified that the corresponding decision has already entered into force.

Earlier it was reported that the US authorities from November 29 will restrict entry to the country for residents of eight African countries due to a new strain of coronavirus infection COVID-19, called "omicron".

On November 25, it became known that scientists have identified a new strain of coronavirus in Botswana, South Africa and Hong Kong, which could potentially become the most dangerous variant of the coronavirus.

Later it was designated by the Greek letter omicron.