Japan will block new foreign arrivals over Covid-19 Omicron variation – Prime Minister Fumio

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On Monday (November 29), Kishida stated that Japan would reintroduce stringent border procedures, excluding all new foreign arrivals over the Omicron Covid-19 variant, barely weeks after easing strict entrance requirements.
“Beginning November 30, we will prohibit (new) immigration of foreigners from all around the world,” Mr. Kishida told reporters. For most of the epidemic, Japan’s borders were closed to new foreign visitors, with even foreign citizens being unable to enter the nation at one time.
The administration stated earlier this month that it would finally allow sure short-term business travelers, international students, and other visa holders to enter the country, although holidaymakers would remain barred. Japan has already stated that visitors from nine southern African nations will be required to quarantine for ten days in government-designated facilities upon arrival.
Travelers from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique are affected by this legislation. Mr. Kishida said on Monday that arrivals from an additional 14 countries where the variation has been found would face extra quarantine restrictions, although he did not elaborate. During the outbreak, Japan has reported slightly over 18,300 coronavirus fatalities while avoiding strict lockdowns.
The country’s vaccination program picked up steam after a rocky start, with 76.5 percent of the population now wholly immunized.

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