Chinese students affected by Japan’s ban on foreign arrivals amid Omicron surge

globaltimes -- Dec 03
Visa application services for Chinese students going to Japan have been suspended as Japan has banned foreign entry for 30 days, the Global Times has learned.

Japan has banned entries by new foreign arrivals from Tuesday amid new cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant in many countries across the world. The ban is scheduled to last for one month, NHK reported.

It came just 21 days after Japan announced on November 8 that it would lift entry restrictions on some foreign nationals, including business visitors on short-term visas, students, and technical interns.

“Currently, the backlog of visa applications for Japan from Chinese students is not large,” an agent for overseas education based in Beijing told the Global Times on Thursday.

According to another Japanese overseas study consultant, nearly 370,000 people are waiting to enter the country due to COVID-19, and nearly 70 percent of them are overseas students. ...continue reading