TOKYO (JAPAN) – Following the emergence of a highly infectious new COVID-19 strain, Japan will ban the entry of non-Japanese people from the United Kingdom from Thursday , government spokesperson said on Wednesday.
“The government will take border control steps flexibly to prevent the spread of the coronavirus within the nation,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told during a news conference.
With countries across the globe shutting their borders to Britain on Monday the Japanese government has requested people to refrain from making short visits to the UK. Japanese nationals returning from Britain would be asked to submit a certificate to confirm they had tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their departure. The government will also advice people including long-term foreign residents to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return from Britain.
The government was gathering information and analyzing the impact from the mutated coronavirus in the UK and the UK-EU trade talks on Japanese companies, said Kato.