‘I cried all day’: the anguish of people locked out of Japan by Covid

Posted by on January 22, 2022 12:00 am
Categories: Global Stories

Travel restrictions have stranded almost 150,000 students, workers and others hoping to join relatives

Late last year, Pablo Ortez quit his job, sold his belongings and prepared to join his wife in Japan, where she is studying for a doctorate.

But 72 hours before he was due to leave Argentina, he checked the Japanese foreign ministry website to find that the government had imposed a near-blanket travel ban to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

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