The Japanese government on Wednesday eased its travel warning over the coronavirus pandemic for 54 countries and one region, including Indonesia and the Philippines, and is no longer asking residents in Japan to refrain from non-essential travel to those nations.
The Foreign Ministry said it had downgraded the travel advisory for those areas from the second-lowest Level 2 on its four-point scale to Level 1, which advises Japanese citizens traveling to those regions to “remain fully alert”.
Among the other countries newly designated as Tier 1 are 23 countries and one region from the Middle East and Africa, such as Egypt and South Africa, 11 European countries including Ukraine and Russia, 10 Asian and Pacific countries such as Pakistan and Myanmar, and 10 in Latin America, according to the ministry.
In addition, advisories for 41 other nations were downgraded from Level 3, which warns people to avoid all travel, to Level 2. Among them are 33 in the Middle East and Africa, four in the Caribbean, three in Eastern Europe and Kyrgyzstan .
The ministry said it still recommends those planning to travel abroad to be fully vaccinated to prevent COVID-19 infection.
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