Japan Just Expanded Its Entry Ban to More Countries, And the Philippines Is Still One of Them
The news of Japan planning to pay a part of tourist's expenses as a travel deal filled the Internet over the weekend. It sure sounds exciting to be paid for a vacation, but right now, it's merely a dream because Japan has just extended its entry ban to more countries.
Since March 15, Japan has banned entry to foreign travelers from all over the world. As of May 26, the ban has expanded to over 111 countries including the Philippines. The latest to be included in the ban are Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Africa, and Tajikistan. Check the full list of areas subjected to entry ban here.
The ban encompasses foreign nationals who have stayed in any of the areas within the last 14 days. The entry ban isn't the only measure that the government of Japan has taken during the pandemic. Visa validity issued by the Japanese embassies or consulates have also been suspended.
If you really need to travel to Japan, there are exceptional circumstances that apply. Even then, nationals arriving into Japan are subjected to undergo the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, as well as being quarantined for 14 days at "a location designated by the quarantine station chief."
In other news, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has just lifted the state of emergency that had been in place since April for Tokyo.