Omicron’s ban on the arrival of foreigners in Japan also left some who were planning to come to the country from Vietnam in limbo. Many Vietnamese who had prepared to come as technical trainees expressed disappointment at having to wait.
Vietnamese made up more than half of all foreign interns in 2020. But Japan later announced travel restrictions.
In November, when Japan eased these restrictions, some began to prepare to leave for Japan again.
But following Monday’s decision to reintroduce a travel ban, a company that sends many potential interns told them about the ban via video call.
A 20-year-old student expressed his disappointment.
He said he didn’t feel angry but sad. His family said they didn’t want him to go anymore because he’s been waiting for over a year.
A company representative said he was shocked and surprised because his company and the interns had made preparations.
Chairman of An Duong Group Bui Xuan Quang said he hoped the Japanese government would ensure the safety of interns and guarantee the rights of interns and students.
Meanwhile, countries in Southeast Asia are taking more stringent measures, although the Omicron variant has not been reported in the region.
Singapore’s health minister said his country would improve its testing protocols for all airline arrivals and border workers from Thursday, and delay the entry of vaccinated foreigners from more countries.
Minister Ong Ye Kung said that when it comes to Omicron measures, healthcare protocols will be much more stringent and quite similar to the initial protocols that were implemented when COVID-19 was encountered for the first time.
The Department of Health said two travelers who tested positive for the variant had passed through Changi Airport in Singapore, but both tested negative before leaving South Africa. He said most travelers from South Africa remained in the airport transit area and did not enter the country.