International air travellers are directed toward a shuttle bus to take them to one of the quarantine hotels, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at Trudeau Airport in Montreal. Credit: Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press via AP

TORONTO  — Canada announced Friday it is banning the entry of foreign nationals who have traveled through southern Africa in the last 14 days after discovery of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus that has stoked world fears and triggered widespread travel bans.

Government ministers also said testing will be mandatory for all Canadians who have traveled to southern Africa in the last 14 days. They will be tested on arrival and must quarantine until they get a negative test result

Those who have arrived in Canada in the last 14 days were also asked to quarantine and get a COVID-19 test.

There are no direct flights from southern Africa to Canada. Officials said there is no indication of any cases in Canada.

Rob Gillies, The Associated Press