The government of Japan announced today that it will again object to the entry of the country to new foreign residents, as well as the granting of study visas or short business stays., due to concerns about the omicron variant of the coronavirus.
In remarks to the press on Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the restrictions will take effect from Tuesday 30th, and will constitute an “abnormal and temporary measure until the situation due to the new tension is clarified.”
“In the face of a possible deterioration of the situation, we have decided to ban new entry from all countries of the world as a precautionary and urgent measure.”Kishida announced.
Japan has again chosen to close its borders almost completely due to the spread of the new type of virus, and after easing its restrictions at the beginning of the month to allow entry to people on work or study visas.
The Asian country had already decided in recent days to tighten entry requirements from nine countries in which the variant known as omicron was discovered (South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia).
In Japan, no infection of the new SARS-CoV-2 variant has been recorded so farBut Kishida said a person from Namibia is being tested to see if it could be the Omicron strain.
Coronavirus infections in Japan remain lower than in the past, and have remained below two hundred daily cases across the country in recent weeks, while 76.5% of the population has been fully vaccinated.
This positive development prompted the authorities to lift all local restrictions that had been in place for months due to the pandemic, which mainly affected businesses such as bars and restaurants.
The Japanese executive also decided to allow entry of new residents on the eighth, a measure that affected foreign students, trainees or business travelers, who will no longer be able to enter the country from Tuesday due to the new restrictions, which will remain nonetheless. It does not affect foreigners who have already settled in Japan.
In addition, the Asian country has kept its borders closed to the arrival of foreign tourists since the first phase of the epidemic.
(With information from EFE)