Covid-19 Updates

last updated 27 Dec 2020

Japan Covid-19 Regulations

  1. Entry Restrictions

International travel to Japan is currently prohibited for passengers who have visited (not including transit en route to Japan where the travelers did not enter the countries below) one or more of the following countries within the 14 days prior to arrival in Japan:

Asia

Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines

North America

Canada, United States of America

Latin America and the Caribbean

Argentina, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

Europe

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican City (Holy See)

Middle East

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

Africa

Algeria, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central Africa, Comoros, Cote d’lvoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

The above-mentioned entry ban does not apply to the following passengers:

  • Nationals of Japan and their spouses and children;
  • Passengers holding Special Permanent Residence Permits issued by Japan, provided they also possess a Re-Entry Permit and Disembarkation Card;
  • Residents of Japan who left Japan with a re-entry permit, provided they possess a written pledge (addressed to the airport quarantine office in Japan) and negative COVID-19 test result.
  • Passengers in transit at Tokyo (NRT) airport, provided that their confirmed onward flight leaves on the same calendar day;
  • Passengers holding valid visas issued by Japanese Diplomatic Missions (including visas issued by Missions in restricted countries, provided they were issued after the date on which the visa validity suspension for the specific country went into effect), provided they possess a written pledge (addressed to the airport quarantine office in Japan) and negative COVID-19 test result.
  • Passengers with a visa containing the remark “EX-R” (Residence Track – Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Brunei, China, provided they possess a written pledge (addressed to the airport quarantine office in Japan) and negative COVID-19 test result. Note: Until 3 January 2021, holders of EX-R visas who have been in South Africa and the United Kingdom within the past 14 days are not permitted to enter Japan.
  • Passengers with a visa containing the remark “EX-B” (Business Track – Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, China), provided they possess a written pledge (addressed to the airport quarantine office in Japan) and negative COVID-19 test result;
  • Passengers holding single-entry or multiple-entry visas issued on or before 2 April 2002 by the Japanese Diplomatic Missions in Australia, New Zealand as well as the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association.

Nationals of China (PRC) with a passport issued in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province are currently not permitted to enter Japan, unless they have not been in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province within the 14 days prior to the entry to Japan.

Visa Validity Restrictions

The following visa types are invalidated and cannot be used to enter Japan:

  • All single- and multiple-entry visas issued by 8 March 2020 by the Japanese Diplomatic Missions in China (including Hong Kong and Macau) and South Korea;
  • All single- and multiple-entry visas issued by 20 March 2020 by the Japanese Diplomatic Missions 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 City (Holy See)
    • Middle East: Iran;
    • Africa: Egypt
  • All single- and multiple-entry visas issued by 27 March 2020 by the Japanese Diplomatic Missions in the following countries:
    • Asia: Brunei Darusslama, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
    • Middle East: Bahrain, Israel, Qatar
    • Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • All single- and multiple-entry visas issued by 2 April 2020 by the Japanese Diplomatic Missions in the following countries:
    • Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, East Timor
    • Oceania: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, 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, Yemen
    • 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

Suspension of Visa Exemption/Waiver Arrangements

The visa exemption/waiver arrangements for short-term visits for nationals of the following countries has been temporarily suspended until further notice:

  • Asia: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Oceania: Australia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay
  • Europe: 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, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican
  • Middle East: Israel, Iran, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates
  • Africa: Lesotho, Tunisia

Additionally, visa exemption granted to APEC Business Travel Card holders issued by the following countries is temporarily suspended as well:

  • Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

COVID-19 Testing Requirement:

Travelers who are permitted to enter Japan and who have stayed in an area that is subject to an entry ban must present a negative COVID-19 certificate after having undergone a test within 72 hours prior to departure to Japan. The certificate should follow this suggested format.

Additionally, all international travelers arriving in Japan from countries that are subject to entry prohibitions as well as Australia (or who have stayed in any of these countries in the past 14 days) are subject to undergo COVID-19 tests upon arrival until further notice.

To enter Japan, travelers must complete and submit an electronic questionnaire prior to departure. After submitting the questionnaire, travelers will be issued a QR code which they must then present at the arrival airport in Japan. Travelers must also download the COVID-19 Contact Tracing app (Android iOS).

2. Quarantine/Self-Isolation Requirements

All international travelers arriving in Japan are subject to a 14-quarantine period counted form the day after arrival and the quarantine director at the port of entry will designate the appropriate location for the quarantine (e.g. personal residence, hotel, etc.). Travelers therefore need to arrange for their quarantine accommodation and transportation to the accommodation prior to their departure to Japan.

 Japanese nationals arriving from the designated countries/regions (as of 25 December 2020, the UK and South Africa) are required to obtain the certificate of negative test result of pre-entry testing conducted within 72 hours of the departure time of the flight from 27 December 27 (UK) and from 29 December until further notice. Otherwise, they are called upon to self-isolate for 14 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief (only at the accommodations booked by the quarantine station).

From 26 December 2020, Japanese nationals arriving from the UK and South Africa 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). On the third day they are required to take the COVID-19 test again. Those who have negative result in this test are still required to self-quarantine at home as a substitute for the accommodations booked by the quarantine office till passing 14 days after entering Japan. In addition, those who arriving after 24 December (from the UK) and after 26 December (from South Africa) until further notice are required to pledge to keep the location information and installing a COVID-19 Contact-Confirming Application (COCOA) when entering Japan.

From 26 December 2020, the holders of status of residence arriving from the UK and South Africa 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). On the third day they are required to take the COVID-19 test again. Those who have negative result in this test are still required to self-quarantine at home as a substitute for the accommodations booked by the quarantine office till passing 14 days after entering Japan. The holders of status of residence arriving from the designated countries/regions (as of December 25, 2020, the UK and South Africa) are required to pledge to keep the location information and installing a COVID-19 Contact-Confirming Application from December 24 (UK) and December 26 (South Africa) until further notice. The certificate of negative test result of pre-entry testing is still needed.

 From 30 December 2020, until the end of January 2021, all foreign nationals and Japanese citizens, who enter or return to Japan from countries and regions (except for the United Kingdom and South Africa) whose authorities have announced the confirmation of domestic infection of new variant of Coronavirus within their countries and regions (except for those who enter or return to Japan under the framework of “Business Track” and “Residence Track”), will be asked to submit a negative COVID-19 testing result conducted within 72 hours (from the sampling time to departure time of the flight) to an immigration officer and a COVID-19 testing will be conducted at airport quarantine stations upon entry into Japan. Those who cannot submit the negative COVID-19 testing result mentioned above will be requested to stay at specific facilities designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (limited to accommodation facilities designated by the Quarantine Station) for 14 days after arrival.

Please note that travelers entering Japan from countries under the Business Track (Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, China) and the Residence Track (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Brunei, China) are exempt from the 14-quarantine period, though they will need to monitor their health and keep location data for a 14-day period.

Please note that this page is updated on an ongoing basis, but COVID-19 related restrictions and policies are subject to frequent and sudden change, often with little to no advance notice to the public. Therefore, to ensure that you have the latest updates, we recommend that you reach out to T&S at apac@tandslaw.com for additional information.

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