Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on November 29 that Japan will ban the entry of foreign tourists from all over the world from November 30 in response to the spread of the new variant virus "Omicron" (Omicron).
Kishida Fumio pointed out on the 29th that the recent relaxation of restrictions on the entry of foreign citizens will be suspended from the 30th.
However, Japanese citizens returning from certain designated countries can enter the country, but they must be quarantined in designated facilities.
The relevant decision means that the Japanese government will cancel the entry restrictions on foreign business travelers, international students, technical intern trainees, etc. on November 8.
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On the morning of the 29th, Fumio Kishida told reporters that in the face of the Omicron variant virus, the Japanese government "has a strong sense of crisis" and is considering further strengthening epidemic prevention measures at border ports.
The Japanese government just announced on the 28th that foreigners from nine African countries including South Africa are prohibited from entering.
Japan's National Institute of Infectious Diseases also raised Omicron to the highest level of vigilance on the 28th, and listed it as a "muted strain that requires vigilance."