Chronology of major events regarding Japan's border controls

The following is a chronology of major events related to Japan's COVID-19 border control measures.

Feb. 1, 2020 -- Japan starts barring foreign nationals who visited China's Hubei Province, its capital being Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus was first detected.

April 3 -- Japan adds 49 countries and regions, including the United States and the whole of China, to its entry ban list as part of COVID-19 restrictions.

Dec. 28 -- Japan halts new entries of nonresident foreign nationals from around the world as countermeasure to COVID-19 variant.

Nov. 30, 2021 -- Japan confirms 1st case of Omicron variant.

Dec. 1 -- Japan lowers daily entry cap on arrivals from 5,000 to 3,500.

March 1, 2022 -- Japan eases COVID-19 daily entry cap to 5,000 and allows foreign nationals to enter Japan for purposes other than tourism.

March 14 -- Japan raises daily entry cap to 7,000.

April 10 -- Japan raises daily entry cap on arrivals to 10,000.

June 1 -- Japan expands daily entry cap on arrivals to 20,000.

June 10 -- Japan reopens to foreign tourists, limiting arrivals to guided tours from 98 countries and regions deemed having lowest risk of infection.

Sept. 7 -- Japan raises daily entry cap on arrivals to 50,000.

Oct. 11 -- Japan scraps cap on daily arrivals as part of easing of COVID border controls.

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