Japan to Close Border for International Students as Omicron Fears Grow

By Subhashri Roy Updated On - Dec 01, 2021 11:04 AM

Following the spread of the Omicron variant, Japan has announced a new ban on international students from December 2, 2021. Earlier, Japan had announced that it will be accepting foreign nationals and international students from November 8. 

Following the spread of the Omicron variant, Japan has announced a new ban on international students and foreign nationals coming to the country for business from December 2, 2021. The ban on international students in Japan has been in place for 20 months.

Earlier, Japan had announced that it will be accepting foreign nationals and international students from November 8. 

The variant first detected in South Africa has since spread to many European countries along with Hong Kong, Canada, Israel and Australia

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After Israel, the first country to seal its borders after the Omicron variant come into the picture, Japan followed suit and said it would ban all international students from December 2. However, this would not include international residents re-entering Japan or Japanese nationals. 

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Japan declared the Omicron variant the second-highest level of warning in its three-level variant alert.

This measure was taken after Japan imposed restrictions on people who have recently come from Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Eswatini.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the country would move ahead with its plan to administer booster shots from next month, starting with the elderly and health workers. 

Currently, 76% of Japan’s population is fully vaccinated and has currently been reporting low COVID-19 cases. 

This announcement would lead to many international students in Japan getting confused about their return without a clear timeline.

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Source: Times of India 

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