The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the two major airlines of Japan by the end of December
Request to stop selling tickets to Japan… “Not even a citizen of my country”
In Japan, a second case of Omicron, a new mutation of coronavirus 19 (new coronavirus infection) that disrupts immunity from current vaccines, has appeared in Japan. Japan has banned new bookings for all international flights to Japan from abroad, including its citizens. This means that the gate is closed to prevent omicron spreading.
The second injured man, a man in his twenties, arrived from Peru
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, a spokesperson for the Japanese government, announced in a first afternoon press conference that the second confirmed case of Omicron had been confirmed.
He added that the second patient who entered through Narita airport was a man in his twenties who had resided in Peru and is currently isolated in a medical institution.
Kyodo News reported that the man was a foreigner who arrived from Peru on the 27th of last month, two days earlier than was initially known.
In Japan, it was announced the day before that the first case of the Omicron virus was a Namibian diplomat in his 30s who arrived at Narita Airport on the 28th of last month.
The diplomat, who arrived at Narita Airport in Japan via Incheon International Airport, tested positive for COVID-19 during the airport’s quarantine phase, and Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases conducted a genome analysis to confirm the infection with Omicron.
The diplomat, who had boarded a flight from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, disembarked the plane at Incheon International Airport and stayed at the airport facilities.
Significantly tighten entry regulations for quarantine reasons
“Even if I have a residence permit, I cannot enter Japan.”
The Japanese government is strengthening entry regulations under the pretext of quarantine in order to respond to the increasing number of foreigners infected with Omicron.
The Japanese government announced on the second day that entering a Namibian man with Omicron would in principle prevent foreign nationals from entering 10 countries in South Africa, including Namibia.
Re-entry refers to the re-entry of a foreigner who has the qualifications (a visa) to remain in Japan.
“From a preventive point of view, we have decided not only to deny entry to new foreigners (from the country) but also to re-enter foreigners who have residency status at the moment unless there are special circumstances,” Minister Matsuno explained.
He said he plans to continue asking the international community for understanding, saying it is an “emergency evacuation precaution” regarding the WHO’s concern about standardized entry bans from countries from which people with Omicron have come.
Japan refuses entry to new foreign nationals around the world
“Even the Japanese can’t book new tickets”
Earlier, the Japanese government banned entry of new foreigners from nine South African countries, including South Africa, as of the 28th of last month on the grounds of blocking the influx of Omicron.
Moreover, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, as of the 29th of last month, requested that new reservations not be accepted for all international flights bound for Japan until the end of December.
As a result, Japan’s two major airlines, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines, have suspended booking sales for these tickets as of today.
With this measure, even Japanese abroad will not be able to spend the end of the year and New Year holidays in their homeland if they do not secure airline tickets the day before.
NHK reported that the Department of Land, Infrastructure and Transport stated that it was imperative as a precaution to respond to emergencies in response to the fact that citizens residing abroad who had not yet booked airline tickets would not be able to return home within the year. Even if they wanted to.
Amid concerns that the Omicron boom may evade even immunity from existing vaccines, about 70 countries have expanded booster vaccines and strengthened entry regulations.
Until a vaccine is developed that is immune to the omicron mutation, the world must face a harsh winter in combating it.
Written by Kang Joo Ri, Faculty Reporter [email protected]
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