In light of a surge in coronavirus cases, Japan is closing its borders until Jan. 31, 2021 to all foreign arrivals except residents of Japan, according to the Consulate-General of Japan in Hagåtña.
The measures come after a detection of cases with the new strain of the coronavirus, which was first discovered in the United Kingdom.
Individuals are exempted if they fall under the guidelines of “exceptional circumstances,” which includes the spouse or child of a Japanese native or foreign nationals with valid re-entry permits.
Incoming passengers to Japan are required to self-quarantine at their residence for 14 days and must refrain from public transportation, including taxis, to travel from the airport.
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Though many attractions in Japan have reopened, tourists remain banned from the country.
Japanese nationals intent on returning to their country can reach out to the Guam consulate office and schedule an appointment to process their visa. According to the consulate, the office is not accepting online visa applications.
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