COVID-19: Japan widens entry ban, includes Bangladesh
- A Monitor Desk Report 27 May, 2020 | 557 Views|-+
Large screens on a building in Tokyo's Shinuku district show a live broadcast of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's May 25 news conference on the lifting of the state of emergency -- Photo: Reuters
Dhaka: Japan has tightened its border control and widened the ban on entry of people from countries, including Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
A notice posted on May 25 on Japan's foreign ministry website said the embargo will come into effect from today.
The newly-included countries are Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Africa, and Tajikistan.
Japan's entry ban has now been extended to 111 countries and regions, most of Asia, including China and South Korea, and all of Europe.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the restrictions will be in place "for the time being".
"For the time being, foreign nationals categorised below are denied permission to enter Japan as ones who fall under the Article 5, paragraph (1), item (xiv) of Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, unless exceptional circumstances are found," the foreign ministry notice said.
Japan said the 11 countries have newly been added to the list based on the decision made by its National Security Council on May 25.
"Foreigners who have stayed in these countries within 14 days prior to the application for landing will be denied landing into Japan. The measure is effective from 00:00 am (JST) on May 27," the notice said.
As of yet, Japan has confirmed 16,581 coronavirus cases and recorded 830 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
Shinzo Abe on May 25 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.
While Japanese citizens can re-enter the country, they must undergo coronavirus testing and self-quarantine for two weeks.
Japan has also suspended the validity of visas for nationals from a wide range of countries and regions until June 30.
"The measures will be in place until the last day of June," the foreign ministry notice said, adding that the period may be renewed.