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Japan to suspend entry of overseas travelers due to omicron

Foreign nationals to be barred, reversing earlier relaxation of restrictions

Narita Airport near Tokyo on Nov. 28. Japan has decided to ban foreign business travelers and students from entering the country because of the new omicron COVID-19 variant.

TOKYO -- Japan will suspend entry into the country by foreign nationals starting Tuesday, citing the emergence of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

The government lifted its entry ban earlier this month for foreign business travelers and students but has reversed course in hopes of preventing another wave of infections.

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