The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on Sunday impose restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals from 152 countries amid the new strain of coronavirus and the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
The new and more infectious strain of Covid-19, which is believed to be 70% faster, first detected in the United Kingdom, has been detected in Japan.
As per the report of Japan Times, the country has reported its first cases of new coronavirus strain in five people who entered the nation from the UK.
As per the announcement posted by the Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 26 December:
“For the time being, foreign nationals who have stayed in any of the following 152 countries/regions within 14 days prior to the application for landing are denied to enter Japan in pursuant to the Article 5, paragraph (1), item (xiv) of Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, unless special exceptional circumstances are found.”
The travel ban is applied to foreign nationals travelling from 152 countries.
Meanwhile, stricter rules are also applied to Japanese nationals arriving in Japan. First, residents are no longer exempted from the 14-day quarantine. Here are some of the key points in the new quarantine measures:
- Japanese nationals arriving from the UK and South Africa must self-quarantine for three days at a designated location. A COVID-19 test is required on the third day.
- Permitted arrivals from the UK and South Africa (such as Japanese nationals and residents) are required to submit location information and install a COVID-19 contact tracing app.
- From December 30th, 2020, until the end of January 2021, all foreign nationals and Japanese citizens, who enter or return to Japan from countries where the new variant of Coronavirus has been detected, will be asked to submit a negative COVID-19 testing result conducted within 72 hours to an immigration officer.