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Japan bans entry of foreigners due to new COVID-19 strain

Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida announced that the previously introduced exemptions for the entry of foreign businessmen, students and specialists will be canceled from November 30 due to the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus strain. RIA Novosti reports.

The emergency measure is introduced until all the information about the new strain appears.

Japan has introduced travel exemptions for businessmen, students and professionals since November 8. If they were fully vaccinated and had a host party that can ensure compliance with the rules, they were allowed to self-isolate for three days instead of 10 or 14, and then they were allowed to visit places necessary for work and use public transport.

The measure did not apply to tourists — issuance of visas for them was not resumed.

Since December 28, 2021, Japan has stopped issuing new visas due to the spread of the so-called Alpha coronavirus strain. Thus, this was the first major relaxation of travel restrictions in nearly a year.