Alarmed by the possibility of a new COVID-19 variant wreaking havoc around the world, Japan earlier this week re-imposed strict restrictions on travelers from overseas, barring most nonresident foreign nationals from entering the country.

Almost all countries worldwide are introducing travel restrictions to a certain extent on arrivals from outside their borders.

While the new restrictions have been imposed as a temporary measure until the end of January, technicalities in the revised policy have sparked confusion among new visa applicants and residents of Japan over whether they need to scrap plans to head out from or return to the nation.