In the foreseeable future, Japan will no longer admit foreigners who do not live in the country.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has announced this as a measure to keep the coronavirus at bay, Kyodo news agency said. It is not clear when the entry ban will take effect.
Since last month, Japan has been banning almost all foreigners, but exceptions were made for business trips and students from eleven Asian countries.
The country of 126 million inhabitants has so far been diagnosed with the virus in 292,000 people. More than 225,000 patients were unaffected or cured.
Japan attributes approximately 4,000 deaths to the condition and is now afraid of a new wave of viruses and new virus variants.