Japan backs down on banning flight reservations after criticism

Japan backs down on banning flight reservations after criticism

Japan announced that it has reversed the ban on new reservations on incoming international flights to defend against the new variant of the coronavirus

(Globe Live Media). Japan announced Thursday that it has reversed its ban on new reservations on inbound international flights to defend itself against the new strain of the coronavirus, just a day after the policy was announced.

On Wednesday, the Transport Ministry had asked international airlines to stop accepting new bookings for flights to Japan until the end of December as an emergency measure to defend against the new omicron variant.

The ministry reported Thursday that it has retracted the request after receiving strong criticism from within and outside the country that the ban was too strict.

Japan has recorded two cases of the omicron variant, which was first reported in South Africa last week.

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