Japan Completely Closed Entry For Foreigners Due To Coronavirus
Japan suspends the effect of migration exemptions for businessmen from 11 countries and regions that were not subject to the entry ban imposed by the local government at the end of December due to COVID-19, until February 7, 2021, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference.
"There were no cases of a new strain of coronavirus among those who entered and left under business travel agreements in force with 11 countries and regions. However, based on the situation in our country, as well as the fact that we have identified another strain in a visitor from Brazil, we decided to suspend the issuance of visas for such categories until the end of the emergency regime on February 7," he said.
Due to the deterioration of the epidemiological situation in the country and the discovery of a new strain of coronavirus there, the Japanese authorities suspended the issuance of new visas to persons from other states from December 28, 2020, to the end of January 2021. Entry is open only to citizens of the country and foreigners permanently residing in it based on long-term visas.
At the same time, the ban did not apply to businessmen from 11 countries and regions with which Japan had additional agreements. These included China, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and Malaysia.
The discovery of a new strain of coronavirus in Japan was announced earlier on January 10. The infection was detected in four people who flew from Brazil. Japanese experts said at the time that the mutation found may be more contagious than SARS-CoV-2.
According to Johns Hopkins University on January 13, during the pandemic, the coronavirus was detected in more than 302.7 thousand residents of Japan. Of these, more than 4 thousand patients died. On January 8, the country recorded a record for the daily growth of citizens with COVID-19. The disease was found in 7563 people.