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Confusion Reigns as Japan Wavers on Inbound Flight Booking Ban

  • Japanese and foreign residents to be allowed to book seats
  • Japan seeking to control omicron variant after two cases found
Closed departure gates in a departure hall at Narita Airport in Narita, Japan, on Nov. 30.
Closed departure gates in a departure hall at Narita Airport in Narita, Japan, on Nov. 30.Photographer: Toru Hanai/Bloomberg
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Japan’s government walked back a ban on new inbound flight reservations, adding to confusion over year-end plans for individuals and businesses as the country seeks to control the spread of the omicron variant.

A blanket suspension of all new incoming flight bookings was dropped on Thursday, a day after it was introduced. Both Japanese citizens and most resident non-nationals will now be allowed to reserve seats, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said.