Maud Descamps, edited by Ugo Pascolo 3:50 p.m., November 29, 2021

Since the discovery of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in South Africa, several countries have decided to close, at least partially, their borders.

A trend that can put a strain on a possible trip for the Christmas holidays?

Europe 1 takes stock.

Since the discovery of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in South Africa, some borders have started to close, such as in Israel or Morocco, bringing tourism with them.

A movement that seems to be gaining momentum, even if the WHO has called "for the borders to remain open".

From there to threaten any end-of-year vacation abroad?

Europe 1 takes stock. 

"Here we are again"

For now, it is difficult to predict what will happen in the coming weeks, since everything will depend on the evolution of the South African variant.

Still, this is a real blow for the tourism sector.

"We are just starting to get our heads out of the water, here we are again," summed up a tour operator on Sunday evening at the microphone of Europe 1. And for good reason, the cancellations have already started, notes Jean-Pierre Mas, president travel companies.


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"No certainty for the Christmas holidays"

"There are cancellations for South Africa, and there will be cancellations for Israel and for other destinations which will not allow French citizens access to their territory," he anticipates. he.

"There are fears that this situation will spread oil and spread to other countries."

No wonder then that the specialist recalls that there is "no certainty for the Christmas holidays".

Other cancellations were also noted for Martinique and Guadeloupe, two territories shaken for several weeks by violent demonstrations.

If you are planning to travel for the holiday season, it would be prudent to ensure the possibility of being able to cancel or postpone your trip.