Japan Expands Entry Ban: Japan Times

Many nations try travel bans to contain COVID-19, and travelers in hotspots could find themselves stranded at any point. Japan is expanding a travel ban to foreign nations who have recently traveled to the United States, China, South Korea and Europe. All Japanese and foreign nationals who have traveled outside the banned areas are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor symptoms. Japan had previously retrieved stranded Japanese citizens after Peru imposed bans. “Coronavirus cases have surged in the United States, which has overtaken Italy and China to become the country worst-hit by the pandemic that has killed more than 33,000 globally, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University of the United States,” reports Japan Times, relying on reports from Kyodo and JIJI news agencies. “Japan had seen comparatively few cases but has recently experienced a spike in positive test results in Tokyo, leading to a rush to prevent new infections from being imported.” Japan also ordered production of more ventilators as hospitals around the world report shortages. About 3 percent of patients with COVID-19 present severe symptoms including coughing, fever a cough, fever and difficulty breathing. – YaleGlobal

Japan Expands Entry Ban: Japan Times

Japan places an entry ban on foreign nationals who have recently been in the United States, China, South Korea and most of Europe
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Read the article from the Japan Times about a ban for travelers from China, parts of Europe, the United States and more.


screenshot of map showing cases reported by nations around the globe
COVID-19 reference: "Professor Lauren Gardner, a civil and systems engineering professor at Johns Hopkins University, built the dashboard with her graduate student, Ensheng Dong. It is maintained at the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering, with technical support from ESRI and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory." The map based on official data was first posted on January 22. (Source: Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center)

Read about the mix of travel restrictions around the world from the New York Times.