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Ticket Sales for Flights to Japan Halted Over Omicron


Japan is further locked down due to concerns about the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Authorities are asking airlines not to sell new tickets for flights to Japan for a month, the Ministry of Transport reports.


Japan is one of the countries that are going the furthest to keep Omicron out. The country closed its borders to foreigners this week. There is still an exception for foreigners with a residence permit, but according to broadcaster NHK, it will be cancelled on Thursday for travellers from countries in the south of Africa.

Airlines ANA and JAL have since confirmed that it is no longer possible to book tickets on international flights to Japan for the time being. Despite the strict measures, Omicron has already been able to reach the island state. The authorities have reported two infections. According to Japanese media, it concerns a diplomat from Namibia and a traveller who has been to Peru.

Japan also had a stringent entry policy earlier in the pandemic. About 77 percent of the population has now been fully vaccinated, and some groups are also receiving booster vaccines.

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