Presidential Proclamation Restricting Travel from Southern Africa

Last Updated

December 17, 2021

On Nov. 26, 2021, the White House issued a proclamation suspending and limiting the entry for certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who were physically present in countries where the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected. The restriction affects those who were present in the specified countries during the 14-day period prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States. 

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

This proclamation is effective at 12:01 am EST on Nov. 29, 2021. Additional information can be found on the Department of State website. If you have any questions about how this Proclamation affects you or your religious workers, please contact your assigned RIS Attorney, reach us at our main line at (301) 565-4832 or email