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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions

 

Last updated: June 26, 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

Quarantine measures: Review on the on-arrival COVID-19 test and the home quarantine period after entry into Japan
From 12:00 am (Midnight/JST) on June 1, 2022, on-arrival test, self-quarantine period, and the place of accommodation after entry into Japan may be changed according to the grouping (“Red”, “Yellow”, and “Blue” categories) of the countries/regions in which the entrants stayed within 14 days before the day of return to Japan or the day of application for landing on Japan and whether they obtain a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

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 

 

New entry of foreign nationals

From June 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)
 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

The current quarantine measures are subject to change regularly.

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, 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 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.

 

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. Fast Track

Quarantine procedures at the airport could be pre-registered to save your time. You can register required documents such as Negative Test Certificate, Questionnaire with "MySOS" application. Fast Track is available for those entering from major airports, such as Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Chubu Airport, Kansai Airport, and Fukuoka Airport. Visit the MHLW Fast Track website for the latest information.

 

9. Visit Japan Web

Visit Japan Web is a convenient way to register information for quarantine, immigration and customs procedures before you enter Japan. You can upload an electronic certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result for a test conducted within 72 hours of travel, and generate a QR code. The service is available in English and Japanese.

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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