Omicron Variant:The ban will come into effect from Tuesday. With the restrictions, Japan will restore border controls that it eased earlier this month for short-term business visitors, foreign students and workers.
Over the weekend, Japan tightened entry restrictions for people arriving from South Africa and eight other countries, requiring them to undergo a 10-day quarantine period at government-designated facilities.
Earlier, several countries had tightened their borders after the new omicron variant of the coronavirus was found in a number of nations.
Earlier on Sunday, India also decided to review the resumption of international flights, introduced stricter guidelines for people travelling from or transiting through ‘at-risk’ countries and issued a slew of directions to the states for ramping up testing-surveillance measures and health facilities.
Alert to the looming threat from the ‘Omicron’ variant, states also began to re-tighten curbs and urgently trace people who arrived from abroad in the last one month while a demand to not allow flights from the affected countries was made by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.