The restriction will take effect from Monday, December 28, until the end of January 2021. The ban will apply only to non-resident foreign citizens.
For Japanese and foreigners with a residence permit, exemptions for passing a two-week quarantine after short-term business trips outside the country will be canceled.
Japan closed its borders in February, and only certain categories of foreigners could enter there – only if the quarantine were observed.
In mid-December, the head of the Ministry of Health of the United Kingdom, Matt Hancock, announced a new version of COVID-19. According to the Minister, the situation with the virus in the country “got out of control” of the authorities.
Experts say that this strain can be 70% more contagious than usual and spreads much faster. At the same time, there is no reason to believe that the new SARS-CoV-2 mutation is more deadly.
Many states have already suspended or restricted transport links with the United Kingdom.