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– Three weeks after certain restrictions on business travelers, students and foreign interns are relaxed, Tokyo will “forbid all (new) entries of foreigners from all over the worldAs of Tuesday, because of Omicron, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said. Japanese people returning from southern Africa and from countries where infections with the new variant have been found must contact “strict isolation measures».

– Australia (five cases of Omicron), which should reopen its borders to foreign students and professionals on Wednesday, is waiting at least two more weeks. Its borders have been closed to foreigners for more than 20 months.

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– The Philippines, which were supposed to reopen their borders on Wednesday, but to vaccinated tourists, have also suspended their project and announced an intensification of the not yet very advanced vaccination campaign. A blow to tourism (13% of GDP) devastated by the decline in the number of international visitors since the border closed in March 2020.

– Indonesia has declared people undesirable on its soil who have been in Hong Kong, where Omicron has been reported, in the past 15 days, as well as those from eight African countries (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini, Nigeria ).

– Israel, where a case has been confirmed in a traveler returning from Malawi, has banned foreigners from entering the country since Sunday evening and will also impose PCR testing and quarantine on its vaccinated nationals.

– The USA, which was only reopened to the world in early November, will be closed to travelers from eight South African countries from Monday.

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