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Japans move to ban entry of foreigners who have stayed in Thailand over the previous 14 days does not affect repatriation, semi-commercial and transfer flights, the Thai Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Japan’s ban on foreign travellers will be extended to Thailand and six other Covid-hit nations from Friday May 21.

The six other nations are Cambodia, East Timor, Mongolia, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Saint Lucia.

There are now 159 countries and territories covered by Japan’s travel ban.

Foreign residents of Japan will still be allowed to re-enter the country, except for those who have been in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal or the Maldives within 14 days of arrival. The entry ban does not cover Japanese nationals and their families.

Japan has banned arrivals from South Asian countries in a bid to curb the spread of the Indian variant of Covid-19.

Published : May 20, 2021

By : The Nation