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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions

 

Last updated: September 27, 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. Fast Track

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 October 11, 2022>
Regarding new entry of foreign nationals into Japan, prescribed applications in the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up Systems (ERFS) will no longer be required. In addition, the measure to limit the entry of foreign tourists to those on package tours will be lifted.
Furthermore, visa exemption arrangements will be resumed. Please refer to 5. Suspension of visa exemption measures for more details.

 

<Until October 10, 2022>
Foreign nationals who apply for new entry into Japan based on either of the following categories (1), (2), or (3), are regarded as those with “special exceptional circumstances” and are allowed for new entry into Japan in principle, if the receiving organizations located in Japan complete prescribed applications in the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS).
(1) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) for purposes including business and employment (applied  from March 1)
(2) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay for tourism (only when a travel agency among others organizing the trip serves as the receiving organization of the entrants) (applied from June10)
(3) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a long-term stay (applied from March 1)
From September 7, 2022, new entry of foreign nationals into Japan for a short-term stay for tourism based on the category (2) above applies to those who enter from all countries/regions. The measure also applies to non-guided package tours.

 

Currently, all foreign nationals who wish to newly enter Japan need to apply for a visa except for those with re-entry permit. A certificate for completion of registration to the ERFS system obtained by a receiving organization through online application is required for the visa application, along with other visa application documents in response to the purpose of visit. Please refer to the following page for more details.

https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page22e_000921.html 

 

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

 

Quarantine measures

<From October 11, 2022>
For all cross-border travelers and returnees from countries/regions where the B.1.1.529 Omicron variant becomes dominant (all countries/regions except for those where COVID-19 variants other than the Omicron variant become dominant), on-arrival test at the quarantine station, self-quarantine in places such as their own residence or accommodations, and refraining from use of public transportation will no longer be required in principle. However, all returnees and entrants will be required to provide either a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate (3 doses) of vaccines on the Emergency Use List of World Health Organization (WHO) or a certificate of negative result of pre-departure COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours prior to departing from the original country/region.

 

<Until October 10, 2022>
Among all cross-border travelers and returnees from countries/regions where the B.1.1.529 Omicron variant becomes dominant (all countries/regions except for those where COVID-19 variants other than the Omicron variant become dominant), a 5-day home quarantine which is required in principle to those with valid COVID-19 vaccination certificates from countries/regions classified as Red and those without vaccination certificates from countries/regions classified as Yellow can be shortened, if a negative result of either PCR test or Quantitative Antigen test conducted on or after the third day from the entry into Japan or two negative results of Qualitative Antigen tests (newly approved method) conducted on the second and third days after the entry are submitted to and confirmed by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW).

 

Review on the requirement of the inspection certificate (negative test result) of pre-departure test:

From 12:00 am (Midnight/JST) on September 7, 2022, among all cross-border travelers and returnees from countries/regions where the B.1.1.529 Omicron variant becomes dominant, persons who possess a valid vaccination certificate of COVID-19 will no longer be required to submit the certificate of negative result of  COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours prior to departing from the original country/region. Please refer to 3. Quarantine measures below for further information.

 

For grouping of the countries/regions and the respective measures, please refer to the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#title4 

 

For FAQ about Quarantine measures, please refer to 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.

 

1. Areas subjected to entry ban

Currently, there are no countries/regions subjected to the entry ban.

 

Asia  
Oceania  
North America  
Latin America and the Caribbean  
Europe  
Middle East  
Africa  

 

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

 

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

From 12:00 am (Midnight/JST) on October 11, 2022, for all cross-border travelers and returnees from countries/regions where the B.1.1.529 Omicron variant becomes dominant (all countries/regions except for those where COVID-19 variants other than the Omicron variant become dominant), on-arrival test at the quarantine station, self-quarantine in places such as their own residence or accommodations, and refraining from use of public transportation will no longer be required in principle. However, all returnees and entrants will be required to provide either a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate (3 doses) of vaccines on the Emergency Use List of World Health Organization (WHO) or a certificate of negative result of pre-departure COVID-19 test within 72 hours conducted prior to departing from the original country/region.

The current quarantine measures are subject to change regularly.

For the latest 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

The visa exemption arrangements which have been temporarily suspended under the border measures are planned to be resumed from October 11, 2022.

 

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.

 

(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, 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, Moldova, 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 Chile, 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.

Please refer to the following page for details.

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

 

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/page22e_000921.html 

 

Please note that the certificate of negative result of pre-departure COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of the intended departure from the country/region where travelers stay is required for foreign nationals to enter Japan, with special exceptional circumstances, in addition to obtaining a valid visa.

 

From 12:00 am (Midnight/JST) on September 7, 2022, among all cross-border travelers and returnees from countries/regions where the B.1.1.529 Omicron variant becomes dominant, those who possess a valid vaccination certificate of COVID-19  will no longer be required to submit the certificate of negative result  of pre-departure COVID-19 test.

 

 

8. Fast Track

Quarantine information could be pre-registered to save your time at major airports in Japan. You can answer the questionnaire and register the Covid-19 Negative Test Certificate on MySOS app or MySOS Web
(If you are from countries or regions in the group "Blue", you may select “Will not submit” for status of your vaccination on MySOS app/Web. Regardless of vaccination status, any form of isolation after entry is not required.)

MySOS app/Web screen will turn blue or green when all required information is submitted and the authorities' review is complete. Visit the MHLW Quarantine Fast Track website for the latest information.

If you don’t wish to use Quarantine Fast Track with MySOS app/Web, you may skip this procedure.

 

However, if your purpose of visiting Japan is “tourism”, you need to use Quarantine Fast Track with MySOS app/ Web. (Please refer to this page.)

About MySOS app and MySOS Web 
For entering Japan (PDF / Digital Agency) 

 

9. Visit Japan Web

Visit Japan Web is a convenient way to register information for immigration and customs procedures before you enter Japan. After the registration, QR codes are generated.

If you registered the Covid-19 Negative Test Certificate on MySOS app/Web, you don’t need to register it again on Visit Japan Web. 

 

If your purpose of visiting Japan is “tourism”, you need to use Visit Japan Web for immigration and customs. (Please refer to this page.)

Visit Japan Web (Digital Agency) 

For entering Japan (PDF / Digital Agency) 

 

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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