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Japan Closes Off Omicron Virus Risks

November 29, 2021 • 6:35 am CST
(Coronavirus Today)

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced today he intends to move quickly to "avoid the worst-case scenario" related to the coronavirus variant known as Omicron.

Extended travel bans and restrictions will become effective on November 30, 2021, and last for about one month.

PM Kishida said, "when dealing with an unknown risk, it's best to take every precaution."

Returning Japanese citizens and foreign residents will be required to isolate for two weeks, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated.

Travelers who arrive in Japan without proper documentation of a negative COVID-19 test will be denied entry.

'Due to the regularly changing situation and the constant updating of information, it is essential that you always check for updates and follow the latest guidance from the relevant ministries and official bodies,' says Japan's travel information website.

Furthermore, Japan will also lower the number of people arriving from 5,000 down to 3,500.

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare also has a 24/7 hotline at +81-3-3595-2176 with English-speaking operators and has a Q&A on the new measures.

Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 webpage for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in Japan.