Japan has banned all foreign arrivals of non-residents in the wake of the new COVID-19 variant spreading fast in Kent and the UK as a whole.
The Asian country banned non-residents from UK and South Africa from entering the country last week after they confirmed the new variants in seven people. Five of the confirmed cases were from Britain.
The country has now expanded the ban to cover all non-residents foreign nationals as part of precautionary measures. The new ban is expected to start Monday and last till January 31.
Japan is also requiring their nationals and resident foreigners to have negative tests 72 hours before they leave for Japan and a mandatory 2-week self isolation period. They were previously given a free pass temporarily.
U.S military stationed in the country are exempted from the new restrictions but they have to abide by quarantine rules.
Japan has a total of 217,312 confirmed cases and 3,213 deaths from the Coronavirus.