The Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau has received a large number of requests from internationals stranded in the country asking to extend their visas amid coronavirus pandemic.
Due to coronavirus, a large share of countries worldwide have cancelled flights and banned entry for foreigners in an effort to tackle the spread of the infection, VisaGuide.World reports.
The Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau has had an increasing number of requests, mostly due to the fact that the new fiscal year in Japan starts from April 1.
The bureau is responsible for internationals immigration procedures that include the prefectures of Nagano, Yamanashi, Kanto and Niigata.
Amid coronavirus crisis, this year the holders of short-term visas have been stranded in Japan as the airlines have slashed the number of flights in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.
Immigration authorities are looking forward to solving this situation and help the non-residents awaiting their turn.
The Immigration Services Agency last week clarified that it will extend the period of accepting applications for visa extension services.
Amid coronavirus, Japan has temporarily banned the entry for foreign citizens of countries where the virus is highly spread, as a preventive measure in a fight against the virus.
China, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland, Iceland, Indonesia, and the US are included in Japan’s entry ban.
The Japanese Government has also asked its citizens to not travel abroad unless for emergency cases, to stop the spread of the virus.
Japan’s Foreign Ministry has raised its travel advisory alert for the whole world to Level 2 (out of a four-level scale), marking the first time Japan has raised the travel alert so high.
More than 3,000 have contracted coronavirus in Japan, while 77 persons have died, so far.
A total of 1,218,087 persons have tested positive for the virus worldwide, while 65,834 persons have died.