Nearly after almost two months and following the clarification stated by The Philippine Embassy in Japan about the temporary suspension of Japanese Visa. Last Monday, May 25, Japan has extended its entry ban to 11 more countries—including the Philippines—in a continued effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 within the country.
The decision announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a government task force meeting last Monday takes effect Wednesday and will remain in place “for the time being,” which means foreign nationals who have been to these areas within the last 14 days will be turned away upon arrival.
The other countries included in the ban list are Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Africa, and Tajikistan. With this latest addition, the number and regions covered by Japan’s entry ban increased to 111, including the United States, most of Asia including The Philippines
With their addition, the number of countries and regions covered by Japan’s entry ban climbs to 111, including the United States, most of Asia including China and South Korea, and all of Europe.
See below for the list of all areas included in Japan’s travel advisory.
Australia, New Zealand
Canada, United States
Latin America and the Caribbean
Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Uruguay
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican
Bahrain, Iran, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritius, Morocco, Sao Tome, and Principe
In a report posted by Kyodo News, it says that during the meeting of a government task force on the coronavirus response, Abe also said Japan will maintain other border control measures, including visa suspensions and a 14-day quarantine period for all arrivals including Japanese nationals, until the end of June.