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Japan announces ban on all arrivals from Britain

An airline employee wearing a face shield talks with a passenger at the Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture on August 19, 2020. (AFP)
An airline employee wearing a face shield talks with a passenger at the Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture on August 19, 2020. (AFP)
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23 Dec 2020 02:12:29 GMT9
23 Dec 2020 02:12:29 GMT9

TOKYO: The Japanese government Wednesday announced a temporary ban on all arrivals from Britain, where a variant of the novel coronavirus is spreading.

The government will also suspend a measure allowing short-term business travelers returning to Japan from Britain to be exempt from 14-day quarantine. Both measures will take effect Thursday.

The government hopes to stop the variant, found also in some other countries, from entering Japan by strengthening its entry restrictions.

The quarantine exemption for business travelers returning to Japan after staying in Britain for up to seven days is part of the measures Japan has taken to resume international travel. Eligible for the exemption are those who submit activity plans and promise not to use public transportation for 14 days from their arrivals.

JIJI Press

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