Travelers of non-Japanese nationality coming from or who have been in the countries affected by the measure in the 14 days prior to arrival in Japan, will not be able to enter the archipelago.
The new affected countries are Cuba, Guyana, Guatemala, Grenada, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, Georgia, Algeria, Iraq, Esuatini (Swaziland), Cameroon, Senegal, Central African Republic, Mauritania and Lebanon, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs specified in a statement.
The Japanese government had already issued an order advising its nationals to not make any non-essential trip to any of these countries due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan has made the same recommendation for the rest of the countries that are part of its migration ban, including the United States, Spain and Italy, as COVID-19 spread.
The Asian country thus increases to 129 the number of countries affected by the ban to enter its territory.
Tokyo, the Japanese capital, will organize the next Olympic Games in 2021, so the migration ban is a temporary measure to control the entry of travelers infected with coronavirus to that country.
The decision could affect Cuban baseball players Alfredo Despaigne and Yurisbel Gracial, who are in Cuba due to injuries and did not participate in the preseason of the Japanese professional baseball league with their team Softbank Hawks.
Cuban health authorities are reporting only 41 active cases with COVID-19, after registering 8 new patients diagnosed with the virus this Sunday.
Yesterday, the country processed 2,210 tests for a total of 168,545 since the first cases of the SARS-CoV-2 virus were reported on the island; of these, 2,340 have been positive.
As of midnight yesterday, the number of hospitalized patients for clinical epidemiological surveillance had dropped to 89, while only 61 people were under primary healthcare surveillance at home.