Japan asks airlines to submit data daily on inbound flight bookings

Kyodo -- Dec 05
Japan's transport ministry has asked each air carrier to submit data every day on bookings for inbound international flights as the country steps up efforts to keep out the Omicron coronavirus variant, sources with knowledge of the situation said Saturday.

The request for updated information including the number of reservations for each Japan-bound flight was made after the government lowered this month its daily cap for people arriving from overseas to 3,500 from 5,000.

Until recently, the ministry had asked airlines operating international flights to submit such data once a week. It is now asking them to do so daily until Jan. 31, according to the sources.

With the emergence of the new variant, Japan has in principle banned all new entries by foreigners from around the world.

But Japan has allowed a limited number of Japanese citizens and foreign residents to re-enter the country, using the daily ceiling.