Japan extends travel ban to certain foreigners with resident status | WSAU News / Talk 550 AM · 99.9 FM

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan said on Wednesday it would extend a travel ban on foreigners entering the country, barring those with residency status from 10 African countries including South Africa. enter the country “for the time being”.

On Monday, Japan took some of the strictest steps globally by closing its borders to all new foreigners due to the emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. A day later, the first Japanese case of Omicron – in a Namibian diplomat – was discovered.

The border closure will be in effect for at least a month.

The new rules will apply to foreign residents from South Africa, Eswatini, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Angola, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

“From a precautionary point of view, we will not only restrict new entry of foreigners, but also allow foreigners to return to their status of residence, unless there are special extenuating circumstances,” said Chief of the Internal Affairs Office. the Hirokazu Matsuno said during a press conference.

“We will maintain a sense of urgency and monitor the situation in different countries so that we can react quickly and flexibly.”

Regarding the other passengers on the plane with the Namibian diplomat, he said none of the 70 people designated as close contacts showed signs of illness.

Japan’s border measures were eased slightly a few weeks ago, but all of those changes have been pushed back in a move generally welcomed and accepted by business leaders. , although some sectors of the economy that depend on foreign interns could be affected if the closure is extended.

(Reporting by Sakura Murakami and Elaine Lies; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Lincoln Feast.) Japan extends travel ban to certain foreigners with resident status | WSAU News / Talk 550 AM · 99.9 FM

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