The Japanese government has restricted international arrivals on foreign airlines, limiting the number of passengers they can carry to 100.
Japanese airlines are able to carry up to 3,400 passengers each week across all flights. The decision was reached in hopes of preventing a rise in COVID-19 cases.
Tokyo remains in a state of emergency as the Tokyo Olympics near and as fear mounts over various new strains of the virus.
The new restrictions are more drastic than they were a year ago when Japanese airlines were allowed up to 3,000 daily arrivals and foreign carriers had a daily limit of 300 per flight.
The government of Japan has mandated that, “All Japanese nationals and foreign nationals[…]are required to self-quarantine for 3 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief (only at the accommodations booked by the quarantine office) until further notice.”
Afterwards, they must continue the rest of their two-week quarantine in accommodations of their choosing.
With new quarantine rules, quarantine facilities are quickly filling to capacity. According to Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato, the new airline limits will “ensure that quarantine measures are properly carried out.”
Carriers like All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines have temporarily suspended incoming reservations for many of their international flights to Japan until the end of March.