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Covid-19 Travel Restrictions in Japan

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Japan would encourage foreign nationals to move to study, work, or join their families in the country. If they have visited these nations, all arrivals must present a negative COVID-19 test result given within 72 hours of their flight departure period.

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From 1 October, Japan, subject to the required visa conditions, will allow the entry of foreign nationals who need to travel to Japan to study, work or join their families. Foreign nationals who travel for short-term business purposes, if they have a visa, are also allowed to enter. Nonetheless, under such laws, the number of individuals permitted to enter Japan will be restricted, with priority given to those who fly to Japan.

If they have visited these nations, all arrivals must present a negative COVID-19 test result given within 72 hours of their flight departure period.

Japan has limited entry into or through Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Comoros, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czechia, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), France, Finland, Gabon, Greece, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Hungary, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iraq, Italy, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Kuwait, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Liberia, Malta, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Namibia, New Zealand, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Palestine, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Romania, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, San Marino, Sao Tome e Principe, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Spain, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Sudan, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Taiwan, Turkey, UAE, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, the United States, Uzbekistan, the Vatican City, Venezuela, or Vietnam in the past 14 days.

Japanese residents with “Permanent Resident” status, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National” status, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” status, or “Long-Term Resident” status who have left Japan with re-entry permission by April 2, 2020, even if they have been in one of the above countries, can still re-enter the country. These travelers will also have to apply to their nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate starting from 1 September to obtain a ‘Re-entry Confirmation Letter’ and will need to provide a PCR test result on arrival. On the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, check the Japanese government’s advice on this operation.

They can re-enter if they have only been in Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Cape Verde, Colombia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Maldives, Mexico, if they have been authorized to re-enter between April 3 and April 28, 2020.

Only in Afghanistan, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Cape Verde, Colombia, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Maldives, Pakistan, South Africa, Sao Tome and Principe, Tajikistan or Uruguay can re-enter Japan if the re-entry permit has been granted between 29 April and 15 Can 2020.

Only Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Africa, or Tajikistan can re-enter Japan if they have been granted re-entry permits between May 16 and May 26, 2020.

If permission to re-enter Japan has been given between May 27 and June 30, 2020, they may re-enter Japan unless they are located in Cameroon, Costa Rica, Cuba, Eswatini, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Iraq, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Senegal or Saint Vincent and the Grenadines only.

Chinese nationals with passports issued in Hubei Province of Zhejiang Province may not enter the country unless they can show that in the past 14 days, they have not been in those provinces.

Travelers on the ‘Westerdam’ cruise ship may not reach the country unless they are Japanese nationals.

Japanese citizens, their spouses and children who can present proof, travelers with special permanent residency permits with a regional immigration officer’s re-entry permit, and U.S. military personnel can also enter the country.

A quarantine questionnaire must be sent by travelers and airline crew who have been in any of the countries mentioned so far in the past 14 days and must undergo a PCR test upon arrival.

For airline crew members entering Japan, special rules apply. Quarantine questionnaires and ‘Plan of Stay in Japan’ declarations must be submitted by crew members. Airlines can organize chartered vehicles (as opposed to social transport) between both the airport and the hotel for transport crew and ensure that, during their stay in Japan, crews comply with other rules. Crews should comply with the instructions given in the quarantine document’ Notice: For crews boarding vehicles from areas subject to reinforced quarantine.’

Visa exemptions have been revoked for passengers from certain countries, and visas from some countries have been invalidated.

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