Despite stringent border controls, new variants have been found in the country, prompting the government to suspect that arrivals may not have been properly self-isolating.
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The document has so far been translated into 12 languages: English, Arabic, French, Indonesian, Korean, Myanmar, Nepalese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Thai.
The government will, however, allow entry where it is deemed to be in the public interest or if the individual is facing an emergency.
Japan has consistently been opposed to installing a system domestically out of concern that doing so would discriminate against those who cannot be inoculated.
Arrivals from 13 more countries and regions will now be required to self-isolate for their first three days in Japan at facilities designated by the government.
Growing concern over access to up-to-date, accurate official information highlights the government’s larger struggle to convey pandemic-related policies and support.
With the latest extension of the state of emergency, foreign travelers looking to enter the country will have to wait at least another month.
Public trust, child support and a better outlook for foreign nationals on the agenda for Yoko Kamikawa.
A government warning that foreign nationals who breach quarantine regulations on arrival may have visas revoked or face deportation has reignited concerns among the international community.
Japan Times reporter Magdalena Osumi provides an update on Japan's border situation. Since the end of December, worries about new strains of COVID-19 have prompted Japan to reimpose border restrictions, including stopping the issuance of new visas to people hoping to move to Japan. We ...