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GOJ raises travel advisory for 11 countries

  • May 23, 2020
  • , Asahi, Nikkei
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The Saturday editions of Asahi and Nikkei reported that Foreign Minister Motegi announced on Friday that Japan has raised its COVID-19 travel advisory to Level 3, under which any travel is discouraged, for 11 countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Argentina, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Ghana, Guinea, and South Africa.

 

The papers said Motegi also told the press that Japan’s entry restrictions for travelers from nations and regions around the world that were scheduled to expire on May 31 will be extended by about a month. According to Nikkei, the GOJ will maintain the current measures of suspending already-issued visas or freezing visa waivers and will continue to ask all travelers who stayed in these nations within two weeks of their entry to Japan, including Japanese nationals, to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The foreign minister also reportedly disclosed that the GOJ is considering relaxing entry restrictions in three stages after the infection situation in Japan is brought under control, hinting that entry restrictions will be lifted for business travelers and international students first.

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