Japan to quarantine arrivals from South Korea, China over coronavirus https://t.co/TkFcl74sHc— Yonhap News Agency (@YonhapNews) March 5, 2020
Japan decided Thursday to tighten entry restrictions on arrivals from South Korea and China amid concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that those flying in from the two virus-hit neighboring countries will be quarantined for two weeks.
Tokyo's decision is an expansion of its entry restriction for South Korea, as the previous measure had applied to people who have visited the South's two southeastern regions -- Daegu city and North Gyeongsang Province -- where the bulk of COVID-19 cases have been reported.
Two-week quarantine is essentially a travel ban since 1) most people can't get more than two weeks off at a time and 2) people aren't willing to spend that much time in quarantine anyway.— Yim Hyun-su 임현수 (@hyunsuinseoul) 5. März 2020
Japan's new travel restrictions apply to China, SK and Iran but not Italy despite having a similar number of cases. This could make things complicated for SK artists with tour dates in Japan later this year.— Yim Hyun-su 임현수 (@hyunsuinseoul) 5. März 2020
BTS is okay for now I think since their Japan leg of the Map of the Soul tour starts late June. That's one month before the Olympics so we should know before then whether mass events will go to plan or not.— Yim Hyun-su 임현수 (@hyunsuinseoul) 5. März 2020
One event to look out for is KCON Japan which is in early April. Over 20 artists including Twice & TXT set to fly over there and I can't image them having to arrive two weeks in advance just to go ahead with the event.— Yim Hyun-su 임현수 (@hyunsuinseoul) 5. März 2020
Japanese PM says the new rule takes effect from Monday morning until the end of Mar. for now, per Mainichi Shimbun. Interesting how he used the word "待機 (대기)" which means waiting, rather than "隔離 (격리)," the 한자 for quarantine.https://t.co/aflgHYMwKv— Yim Hyun-su 임현수 (@hyunsuinseoul) 5. März 2020
source: YonhapNews, yna, @hyunsuinseoul
For now, the rule will be in effect till the end of March.