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Omicron Event Cancellations Abroad, Travel Bans and Returning Resident Restrictions

December 1, 2021


There are only 77 reported cases of the fourth Covid variant, Omicron, in South Africa and 19 in Botswana as of Nov. 30. Yet in just two weeks, the variant is known to have spread to 17 countries: South Africa, Botswana, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, as well as Hong Kong and Reunion, a French island. World leaders are closing borders and issuing tighter restrictions. But what does this mean for meeting planners and business travelers? Is it time to “lift and shift” events again?

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