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Last updated: May 16, 2022

 

 

Table of Contents

Measures by the Government of Japan

1. Areas subjected to entry ban

2. Denial of the re-entry from designated countries/regions in response to COVID-19 variants of special treatment on border measures

3. Quarantine measures

4. Suspension of visa validity

5. Suspension of visa exemption measures

6. Restrictions on airports/ports for arrival

7. Entry of foreign nationals with special exceptional circumstances

8. State of emergency

9. Visit Japan Web

10. Installation of apps and other requirements upon entry into Japan

 

All coronavirus-related information on this website is gathered from the government ministries and authorities responsible for handling COVID-19 restrictions and measures. Due to the regularly changing situation and the constant updating of information, it is essential that you always check for updates and follow the latest guidance from the relevant ministries and official bodies.

 

 

Measures by the Government of Japan

 

Information about entry into Japan

New entry of foreign nationals
From 12:00 am (Midnight/JST) on March 1, 2022, new entry of foreign nationals into Japan under the supervision of receiving organizations is allowed, except for those with touristic purposes.

Persons who meet both (1) and (2) below are eligible:
(1) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) for purposes such as business and employment, or foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a long-term stay.
(2) Foreign nationals who have receiving organizations for supervision located in Japan.
Receiving organizations mean such companies or organizations which employ or invite the entrants for their business or entertainment purposes.
For further information of the new measure, please refer to the paragraph 1 of the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html#section1

Please also refer to 7. Entry of foreign nationals with special exceptional circumstances below for further information.

 

Quarantine measures : Change of self-quarantine period after entry into Japan
From 12:00 am (Midnight/JST) on March 1, 2022, based on whether they obtain a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate and enter/return from designated countries/regions, self-quarantine period and place of accommodation after their entry into Japan may be changed.
Please refer to 3. Quarantine measures for further information.

For FAQ about the Quarantine measures, please see the following page.
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/bordercontrol.html

 

Suspension of visa validity
From 12:00 am (Midnight/JST) December 2, 2021, as an emergency precautionary measure from a preventive perspective against coronavirus variant Omicron (B.1.1.529), validity of visas already issued by December 2, 2021 is suspended, except for those issued for the holders of status of residence as “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or “Diplomat”. 
Please refer to 4. Suspension of visa validity below for further information.
From 12:00 am (Midnight/JST) on April 8, 2022, visa exemption measures for the following 14 countries are suspended.
Albania, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Mauritius, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Panama, Serbia, Turkey and United State of America

1. Areas subjected to entry ban

For the time being, foreign nationals who have stayed in any of the areas listed in the following table within 14 days prior to the application for landing are denied to enter Japan, unless special exceptional circumstances are found.
Note that foreigners from the countries/regions where the entry bans do not apply are not denied to enter Japan, even when traveling via those countries/regions listed in the table for refueling or transit purpose. Those who entered those countries/regions are, however, subject to the entry ban.

The following 106 countries are not subject to denial of permission to enter Japan from 12:00 am (Midnight/JST) on April 8, 2022.

Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste

Oceania: Fiji

North America: Canada, United States of America

Latin America and the Caribbean: Argentine, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

Europe: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican

Middle East: Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

Africa: Botswana, Cabo Verde, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tunisia

Please see the following page for further information about the denial of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

https://www.isa.go.jp/en/hisho06_00099.html

 

Asia  
Oceania  
North America  
Latin America and the Caribbean Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia
Europe Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Kyrgyz, Moldova, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine
Middle East Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine
Africa Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Central Africa, Comoros, Cote d’lvoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe

 

For details, please check the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section1

 

 

2. Denial of the re-entry from designated countries/regions in response to COVID-19 variants of special treatment on border measures

The re-entry into Japan of foreign nationals with status of residence who have stayed in designated countries/regions in response to coronavirus variants of special treatment on border measures within 14 days prior to the application for landing are denied for the time being, unless there are special exceptional circumstances.

For details, please check the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section2

 

 

3. Quarantine measures

The current quarantine measures are strengthened and are decided to remain in place until further notice.

From March 1, 2022, self-quarantine period after their entry into Japan is changed. All cross-border travelers and returnees from designated countries/regions in response to COVID-19 variants of special treatment on border measures are required to self-quarantine, to take follow-up checks, and to refrain from using public transportation for 7 days in principle.

Based on whether they enter/return from designated countries/regions and obtain a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate, the measures may be relaxed.

For more information, please check the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section3 

 

 

4. Suspension of visa validity

From 12:00 am (Midnight/JST) December 2, 2021, as an emergency precautionary measure from a preventive perspective against coronavirus variant Omicron (B.1.1.529), validity of visas already issued by December 2, 2021 is suspended except for the status of residence of “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or “Diplomat”. This measure does not apply to foreign nationals who departed from overseas before 12:00 am (Midnight/JST) on December 2, 2021 and arrive in Japan after the time.

 

As for visas already issued under “Business Track” or “Residence Track” and visas issued based on “New border measures (4)” , for the time being, validity of those visas has been suspended from 12:00 am (Midnight/JST) on January 21, 2021, based on the announcement of the Government of Japan dated on January 13, 2021.

 

Validity of visas listed below is suspended for the time being.

 

(1) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by March 8th, 2020 by Japanese Embassies or Consulates General in China (including Hong Kong and Macau) and Republic of Korea

 

(2) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by March 20th, 2020 by Japanese Embassies and Consulates General in the following countries

Europe Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican
Middle East Iran
Africa Egypt

(3) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by March 27th, 2020 by Japanese Embassies and Consulates General in the following countries

Asia Brunei, Indonesia (note), Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam
Note: including seal of “visa wavier registration certificate”
Middle East Bahrain, Israel, Qatar
Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo

(4) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by April 2nd, 2020, by Japanese Embassies and Consulates General located in or accredited to the following countries and regions

Asia Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste
Oceania Cook, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
Latin America and the Caribbean Antigua and Barbuda, Argentine, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela
Europe Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Middle East Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates (note), Yemen
Note: including seal of “visa wavier registration certificate”
Africa Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles , Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

For details, please check the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section8

 

 

5. Suspension of visa exemption measures

As visa exemption measures with the countries/regions listed below are temporarily suspended, those who fall under the measures are required to obtain visas before visiting Japan.
The measures will be in place for the time being.

 

(1) Visa exemption measures agreed with Japan and the following countries and regions

 

Asia Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam
Oceania Australia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon
North America Canada, United States of America
Latin America and the Caribbean Argentine, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay
Europe Albania, Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican
Middle East Israel, Iran, Oman, Qatar, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
Africa Lesotho, Mauritius, Morocco, Tunisia

(2) The effect of Pre-Clearances (i.e. visa exemptions) granted by the Japanese Government to APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) issued by the following countries and regions is also suspended.

Asia Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam
Oceania Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea
Latin America and the Caribbean Mexico, Peru
Europe Russia

 

For details, please check the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section9

 

 

6. Restrictions on airports/ports for arrival

The Government of Japan announced some measures concerning arrivals at airports/ports.

These measures will be in place for the time being.

For more information, please check the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section10

 

 

7. Entry of foreign nationals with special exceptional circumstances

Currently, all foreign nationals who wish to newly enter Japan need to apply for a visa except for those with re-entry permit.

 

Foreign nationals who are entitled to enter Japan as those with special exceptional circumstances are required to apply for an appropriate visa at Embassies or Consulates or Consular Office of Japan (for Taiwan, Taipei Kaohsiung offices of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association) in your country/region.

For more information, please check the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section11

 

8. State of emergency

The state of emergency was fully lifted on October 1st, 2021.

 

9. Visit Japan Web

Visit Japan Web is a web service that visitors (including Japanese and the foreigners who have reentry permits) can use for quarantine, immigration and customs procedures in order to enter Japan.

https://www.digital.go.jp/en/services/visit_japan_web

 

10. Installation of apps and other requirements upon entry into Japan

  • Installation of MySOS, the Health and Location Monitoring App

(It will be used to confirm your current location, health condition, and accommodation)

  • Setting up your smartphone to save location records
  • Installation of COCOA, the COVID-19 Contact Confirming App

(It will be used to notify you of possible contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive)

For more details, please check the following.
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/manual/pdf-en/summary.pdf

 

 

 

 

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