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COVID-19 restrictions on foreign visitors to remain in place

  • March 19, 2021
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Jiji reported that the GOJ decided on Thursday to maintain the ongoing restrictions on foreign travelers to Japan irrespective of the lifting of the COVID-19 state of emergency for the Tokyo metropolitan area scheduled for Sunday. In addition to Japanese citizens and long-term residents, only those visiting for reasons that greatly serve the public interest or have a high level of urgency will be allowed to enter. A daily cap of 2,000 will be placed on the number of visitors in these categories. During a press conference yesterday, Prime Minister Suga underscored the administration’s resolve to enforce tighter border control measures to prevent the further infiltration of the coronavirus, explaining that the number of passengers on Japan-bound flights will be reduced to limit the entry of international visitors.

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