Japan adds 18 countries, regions to entry ban list over COVID-19
Published : Monday, 29 June, 2020 at 11:18 PM Count : 186
The Japanese government said Monday that it will add another 18 countries and regions including Algeria, Cuba and Iraq to its entry ban list in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Starting from Wednesday, foreign travelers who have been to the countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in Japan will be denied entry in principle, the government said.
These new additions are mainly in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, where the numbers of COVID-19 cases are increasing.
Japan will also maintain other border control measures such as suspension of visa issuance by its embassies in the listed countries and regions until the end of July.
Japan is estimated to have received only 1,700 foreign travelers in May, an all-time low and a 99.9-percent plunge compared to a year earlier with the travel restrictions in effect, the latest government data revealed.