Majority Of Japanese Residents Support Visa Ban On Foreigners Due To Omicron Concerns

Source – Al Jazeera

Almost 89 percent of Japanese residents support the government’s decision to suspend the issuance of business and student visas to foreign nationals after the Omicron coronavirus variant emerged, Sputnik reported.


Majority Of Japanese Residents Support Visa Ban On Foreigners Due To Omicron Concerns

Almost 89 percent of Japanese residents support the government’s decision to suspend the issuance of business and student visas to foreign nationals after the Omicron coronavirus variant emerged, Sputnik reported.

The country’s government said in early December that it will temporarily suspend long- and short-term visas for foreigners in an attempt to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.

Only 8% of respondents of the poll criticised the government’s approach.

In light of this, growing support for the country’s government rose to 62% from 56% last month.

Source - East Asia Forum

This is not the first time that the country has restricted the issuance of visas to foreign citizens during the pandemic. The government banned the issuing of new visas and restricted admission to practically all foreigners last December, not including holders of residency permits and long-term visas.

Omicron was detected in South Africa and was immediately labelled a variation of concern by the World Health Organization due to its high infection rates, causing governments worldwide to implement stricter travel restrictions and public health measures.

On Nov 30, Japan confirmed the first Omicron case.

Source – BERNAMA 

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