The Japanese Government has decided to extend the visa suspension process for foreign citizens until the end of May, in a bid to tackle the spread of Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

On April 1, the Foreign Ministry announced that it had suspended visas and short-stay visa waivers for more than 100 countries until at least the end of April, as part of measures to curb the spread of the deadly virus, VisaGuide.World reports.

On March, 93 per cent of internationals have completely stopped coming to Japan, compared to the previous year due to the country’s entry bans and travel restrictions, the government data for March shows.

Amid Coronavirus, Japan has also banned entry for internationals who have visited one of 73 countries highly affected by the virus, including  South Korea, China, South Korea and the United States as well as most of Europe, within two weeks of their arrival to Japan.

Japanese returning from abroad must test for the Coronavirus and self-isolate for 14 days.

Last month, Japan temporarily banned from entering nationals of countries which have been highly affected by the virus, including China, South Korea, three areas of Spain, some areas of Switzerland, Iceland, as well as Indonesia and the US.

On March 21, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that internationals from 38 countries (including EU countries) have to self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival to Japan, until the end of April.

For over a year now the Japanese passport has been listed the Henley & Partners Passport Index as the most powerful passport to posses for over a year now, permitting its citizens to travel to 191 countries out of 227, without the need to obtain a visa, but as the virus continues to cause global economic devastation, a large share of countries have imposed entry bans and travel restrictions. As a result, the Japanese passport has lost its value,  alongside other powerful passports.

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