Japan eases travel alert for Indonesia, Philippines and other regions

The Japanese government on Wednesday eased its coronavirus pandemic travel warning for 54 countries and one region, including Indonesia and the Philippines, and no longer asks residents of Japan to refrain from non-essential travel to those countries.

The Foreign Office said it had lowered the travel advisory for these areas from the second-lowest Level 2 on its four-point scale to Level 1, which advises Japanese nationals traveling to these areas to “stay fully vigilant”.

Twenty-three countries and one region in the Middle East and Africa, such as Egypt and South Africa, have been newly designated at Level 1. Eleven European nations, including Ukraine and Russia, 10 countries from Asia and the Pacific, such as Pakistan and Myanmar, as well as 10 in Latin America have also been newly designated as Tier 1, according to the ministry.

Meanwhile, 35 regions, including Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Turkey, remained under the Tier 2 warning.

In addition, advisories for 41 other countries have been downgraded from Level 3, which warns people to avoid all travel, to Level 2. Of these, 33 in the Middle East and Africa, four in the Caribbean, three in Europe of the East and in Kyrgyzstan.

Seventy other nations and regions such as China, South Korea, India, United States, Britain, France and Germany have already been moved to Tier 1.

The total number of areas falling into the Tier 1 category now stands at 125, while those in Tier 2 have fallen to 76. No nations fall into Tiers 3 and 4.

The ministry said it always recommends those planning to travel abroad to get fully vaccinated to prevent COVID-19 infection.


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