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NON-RESIDENT FOREIGN NATIONAL’S ENTRIES SUSPENDED UNTIL JANUARY END IN JAPAN

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Highlights – Non-resident foreign national’s entries suspended until January end in Japan. Non-resident foreign nationals who have recently been to Britain and South Africa were banned entry in Japan since last week. Eight people in Japan have so far been […]

Highlights –

  • Non-resident foreign national’s entries suspended until January end in Japan.
  • Non-resident foreign nationals who have recently been to Britain and South Africa were banned entry in Japan since last week.
  • Eight people in Japan have so far been detected with the new variant of COVID-19.
  • On Saturday, Japan confirmed 3,881 COVID-19 cases.

Japan Government on Monday suspended new entries into the country by non-resident foreign nationals arriving from most of the world through the end of January. This measure comes as it seeks to prevent the spread of the new, potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant.

According to the new government rules, Japanese citizens and foreign residents coming from regions where the new variant has been detected will require submitting negative virus test result. This has to be from within 72 hours of departure and undergo tests upon arrival. This measure will start from Wednesday through the end of January.

However, businesspeople and students from 10 Asian nations are not affected by the latest measure. Such countries being mainland China and South Korea and Taiwan, with which Japan has a special scheme to ease travel restrictions.

Reportedly, eight people in Japan have so far been confirmed infected with the variant detected in Britain. It includes an airline pilot who returned from London on Dec. 16 and a woman in his family who has no history of recently visiting Britain.

The health ministry on Sunday confirmed that a Tokyo woman in her 50s who returned from Britain on Dec. 13 has been infected with the variant.

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