Japan Bans Entry of Non-resident Foreign Nationals

TOKYO – The Japanese government on Monday banned new entries into Japan by non-resident foreigners from around the world until the end of January next year in an attempt to prevent the transmission of the new and more contagious coronavirus variant.

The new virus strain, first discovered in Britain last September, has been spreading in the said country and South Africa, and has found its way to other nations including Japan, which has eight confirmed cases as of press time.

Japan will also require all travelers including Japanese citizens and foreign residents coming from countries and terriories “whose authorities have announced the confirmation of domestic infection of new variant of coronavirus” to submit a negative COVID-19 test results conducted within 72 hours of departure and undergo tests upon arrival from Dec. 30 through the end of next month.

“Those who cannot submit the negative COVID-19 testing result will be requested to stay at specific facilities designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station for 14 days after arrival,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced in a statement.

The entry ban doesn’t apply to business travelers and students from 10 Asian countries such as China and South Korea. - Florenda Corpuz