Japan Asks Airlines To Stop New Bookings Amid Omicron Fears

Japan has asked airlines to stop taking new incoming flight bookings after detecting its first case of the Omicron COVID-19 strain.

The decision was announced on Wednesday by the country’s transpiration ministry, describing the move as “an emergency measure,” The Japan Times reported.

Flyers with existing bookings however could still fly into Japan for the moment. 

The travel ban came into effect after a second case of the omicron variant was reported from a young man who returned from Peru and landed at Narita Airport in Tokyo.

Starting Thursday, all foreign arrivals from South Africa, Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, and Angola will be denied entry into Japan for one month, barring exceptional circumstances.

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