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Airlines Updates

Published on 07.09.2020
ANA to resume flights to Hawaii in Oct. for 1st time in 6 months

Published on 01.09.2020
Peach expands Okinawa service in W20

01.09.2020 JAL during the month of September 2020 plans to operate following International routes, as of 31AUG20. Various travel restrictions is affecting the airline’s passenger traffic rights, especially selected routes, where it may only carries passengers on inbound flights.

Last minute adjustment remains highly possible.

Osaka Kansai – Bangkok 1 weekly 787-8
Osaka Kansai – Honolulu 787-8 departs HNL on 30SEP20
Osaka Kansai – Los Angeles 1 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Haneda – Bangkok 4 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Haneda – Chicago O’Hare 4 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Haneda – Dallas/Ft. Worth 4 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Helsinki 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Ho Chi Minh City 3 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Haneda – Honolulu 787-8 operates from HND on 15SEP20 and 29SEP20
Tokyo Haneda – London Heathrow 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Los Angeles 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Manila 3 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Haneda – Moscow Sheremetyevo 787-9 operates from HND on 11SEP20 and 25SEP@0
Tokyo Haneda – New York JFK 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Paris CDG 3 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Haneda – Sydney 1 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – Bangkok 3 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – Boston 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Dalian 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Frankfurt 3 weekly 787-9 (787-8 from 12SEP20)
Tokyo Narita – Hanoi 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Ho Chi Minh City 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Hong Kong 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Jakarta 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Kaohsiung 1 weekly 767
Tokyo Narita – Kuala Lumpur 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Los Angeles 2 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Manila 3 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – San Francisco 4 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Singapore 3 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Sydney 1 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – Taipei Taoyuan 4 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Vancouver 2 weekly 787-8

ANA during the month of September 2020 plans to operate following International routes, as of 31AUG20. Various travel restrictions is affecting the airline’s passenger traffic rights, especially on Southeast Asia routes on certain direction.

Last minute adjustment remains highly possible.

Tokyo Haneda – Bangkok 1 daily 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Frankfurt 1 daily 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Ho Chi Minh City 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – London Heathrow 3 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Haneda – Los Angeles 3 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Haneda – Manila 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Paris CDG 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Sydney 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Taipei Song Shan 2 weekly 767
Tokyo Haneda – Washington Dulles 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Chicago O’Hare 1 daily 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Hanoi 2 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – Ho Chi Minh City 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Hong Kong 1 weekly 767
Tokyo Narita – Jakarta 4 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – Kuala Lumpur 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Los Angeles 1 daily 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Manila 5 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Mexico City 5 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – Shanghai Pu Dong 1 weekly 787-10
Tokyo Narita – Yangon 2 weekly 767

26/08/2020 Spring Airlines Japan this week updated planned operation during winter 2020/21 season. From 25OCT20 to 27MAR21, the airline continues to operate domestic service on weekends, while International service operates on Sundays.

Tokyo Narita – Harbin 1 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Hiroshima 2 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Saga 2 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Sapporo New Chitose 2 weekly

Published on 20.08.2020
IBEX Airlines W20 operation changes
Hokkaido Air Commuter W20 operation changes

Published on 19.08.2020
Skymark Airlines adds Shimojishima service from late-Oct 2020

27.07.2020 ANA earlier this month announced its planned International operation for the month of August 2020, including service resumption to Taipei, Washington Dulles and Paris. Service to Frankfurt, New York JFK and Manila will see frequency increase. Due to ongoing travel restrictions, passenger traffic right is not available on certain one-way directions or selected operational days.

As of 24JUL20, planned August 2020 International operation as follows.

Tokyo Haneda – Bangkok 1 daily 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Frankfurt 1 daily 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Ho Chi Minh City eff 16AUG20 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – London Heathrow 3 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Haneda – Manila 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Paris CDG 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Sydney 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Taipei Song Shan 2 weekly 767/787-8
Tokyo Haneda – Vancouver 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Washington Dulles eff 17AUG20 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Chicago O’Hare 1 daily 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Hanoi 2 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – Ho Chi Minh City 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Hong Kong 1 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – Jakarta 4 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – Kuala Lumpur 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Los Angeles 1 daily 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Mexico City 5 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – New York JFK 3 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – San Francisco 3 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Shanghai Pu Dong 1 weekly 787-10
Tokyo Narita – Singapore 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Yangon 2 weekly 767-300ER
23.07.2020 JAL earlier this month extended interim schedule for International routes, now scheduled until 30SEP20. As of 22JUL20, planned August/September 2020 operation as follows.

Osaka Kansai – Los Angeles Service operates on 01AUG20, 15AUG20, 29AUG20 with 787-8
Tokyo Haneda – Bangkok 3 weekly 777-200ER
Tokyo Haneda – Chicago O’Hare 3 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Haneda – Dallas/Ft. Worth 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Helsinki 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Ho Chi Minh City 2 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Haneda – Honolulu Service operates on 01AUG20, 10AUG20, 20AUG20, 30AUG20 with 787-8 (HNL departs the following day)
Tokyo Haneda – London Heathrow 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Los Angeles 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Manila 1 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Haneda – New York JFK 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Paris CDG 3 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Bangkok 2 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Boston 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Dalian 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Frankfurt 3 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – Hanoi 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Ho Chi Minh City 3 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – Hong Kong 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Jakarta 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Kaohsiung 1 weekly 767-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Kuala Lumpur 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Los Angeles 1 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Manila 3 weekly 787-8 (2 weekly in September)
Tokyo Narita – San Francisco 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Singapore 3 weekly 777-300ER (2 weekly in September)
Tokyo Narita – Taipei Taoyuan 4 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Vancouver 2 weekly 787-8
Published on 14.07.2020
Japanese airline ANA to resume Taipei-Tokyo flights Aug. 3

14.07.2020 Jin Air during the month of July 2020 schedules following International service, as of 13JUL20. Planned operation remains subject to change, due to various travel restrictions, impacting the airline’s passenger traffic rights.

Jeju – Xi’An – Seoul Incheon – Jeju eff 16JUL20 1 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Clark Service operates on 08JUL20 / 22JUL20
Seoul Incheon – Guam Service operates on 09JUL20
Seoul Incheon – Hanoi eff 09JUL20 1 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Osaka Kansai 2 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Taipei Taoyuan 2 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita 1 weekly
Published on 09.07.2020
AirAsia Japan resumes regular service in August 2020

08.07.2020 ANA during the month of July 2020 continues interim schedule for International routes, including service resumption on Tokyo Haneda – Bangkok and Tokyo Narita – Manila route.
Ongoing travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s passenger traffic rights.

Tokyo Haneda – Bangkok 1 daily 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Frankfurt 5 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – London Heathrow 3 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Haneda – Manila 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Sydney 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Vancouver 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Chicago O’Hare 1 daily 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Hanoi 2 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – Ho Chi Minh City 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Hong Kong 1 weekly 767-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Jakarta 4 weekly 787-8 (originally scheduled as 3 weekly prior to COVID-19)
Tokyo Narita – Kuala Lumpur 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Los Angeles 1 daily 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Manila 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Mexico City 5 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – New York JFK 2 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – San Francisco 3 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Shanghai Pu Dong 1 weekly 787-10
Tokyo Narita – Singapore 3 weekly 787-9
Published on 01.07.2020
JAL to fully resume domestic flights as early as Oct.
Peach schedules new routes from Tokyo in August 2020

29.06.2020
AirDo yesterday
(24JUN20) released planned operation for July 2020, as the airline continues to restore service. Latest adjustment as follows.

Hakodate – Nagoya Chubu 1 daily
Sapporo New Chitose – Kobe 1 daily
Sapporo New Chitose – Nagoya Chubu 2 daily
Sapporo New Chitose – Sendai 1 daily
Tokyo Haneda – Asahikawa 2 daily (3 daily from 22JUL20)
Tokyo Haneda – Hakodate 2 daily
Tokyo Haneda – Kushiro 1 daily (2 daily from 22JUL20)
Tokyo Haneda – Memanbetsu 1 daily (2 daily from 22JUL20)
Tokyo Haneda – Obihiro 1 daily (2 daily from 22JUL20)
Tokyo Haneda – Sapporo New Chitose 7 daily (9 daily from 22JUL20)
Published on 25.06.2020
AirDo July 2020 operations

Published on 11.06.2020
JAL July 2020 International operations as of 10JUN20
Skymark Airlines June 2020 service resumptions

Published on 10.06.2020

ANA July 2020 International operations as of 09JUN20

 

Published on 09.06.2020

All Nippon Airways to resume flights from Haneda to Bangkok on 9 June, to increase flights to Jakarta in July

 

04.06.2020 Jetstar Japan earlier this week extended International service cancellations. As of 02JUN20, latest service cancellation as follows. Note the effective date is based on Japan departure.

Nagoya Chubu – Manila Cancelled until 29JUN20
Osaka Kansai – Manila Cancelled until 30JUN20
Tokyo Narita – Hong Kong Cancelled until 31JUL20
Tokyo Narita – Manila Cancelled until 30JUN20
Tokyo Narita – Shanghai Pu Dong Cancelled until 29JUN20
Tokyo Narita – Taipei Taoyuan Cancelled until 31JUL20

Published on 26.05.2020
Peach June 2020 operations as of 22MAY20
Solaseed Air June 2020 operations

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Japan
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Japan if they have a Chinese passport issued in Hubei or Zhejiang province, or if they have visited any of the following countries and regions in the past 14 days: The European Union, Algeria, Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Republic of Congo, Republic of Korea (South), Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers:
    • Nationals of Japan,
    • Passengers in transit,
    • Passengers holding a yellow ‘Special Permanent Resident Certificate’ (特別永住者証明書),
    • Passengers holding a blue ‘Residence Card’ (在留カード), and they are also either the spouse/child of a national of Japan, or holding a ‘(special) re-entry permit’ issued by Japan and a letter from an embassy justifying their travel,
    • Passengers traveling to Japan under special exceptional circumstances, provided holding a valid visa.
    • Passengers who are Japanese Government scholarship students, provided holding a confirmation letter issued by the Japanese authorities.
    • Returning residents of Japan who have departed from Japan before 31st August 2020, holding a valid re-entry permit, a “Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan” and a negative PCR test certificate carried out within 72 hours before departure.
    • Returning residents of Japan who have departed from Japan on or after 1st September 2020, holding a valid re-entry permit, a “Receipt for request of re-entry” issued by the Immigration Services Agency of Japan.
    • Passengers with the residence status of ‘Permanent Resident’, ‘Spouse or Child of Japanese National’, ‘Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident’ or ‘Long Term Resident’; provided the passenger is holding a re-entry permit issued before 28th April 2020 and the country visited was Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Cape Verde, Colombia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Maldives, Mexico, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, St Kitts and Nevis, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay,
    • Passengers with the residence status of ‘Permanent Resident’, ‘Spouse or Child of Japanese National’, ‘Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident’ or ‘Long Term Resident’; provided the passenger is holding a re-entry permit issued before 2nd April 2020 and the country visited was Albania, Armenia, Australia, Bahrain, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Indonesia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Malaysia, Moldova, Morocco, Montenegro, Mauritius, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Republic of Korea (South), Singapore, Slovakia, Serbia, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States or Vietnam,
    • Passengers with the residence status of ‘Permanent Resident’, ‘Spouse or Child of Japanese National’, ‘Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident’ or ‘Long Term Resident’; provided the passenger is holding a re-entry permit issued before 26th May 2020 and the country visited was Afghanistan, Argentina, India, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh or South Africa,
    • Passengers with the residence status of ‘Permanent Resident’, ‘Spouse or Child of Japanese National’, ‘Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident’ or ‘Long Term Resident’; provided the passenger is holding a re-entry permit issued before 30th June 2020 and the country visited was Algeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Costa Rica, Cuba, Eswatini, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Iraq, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines or Senegal.
    • Passengers with the residence status of ‘Permanent Resident’, ‘Spouse or Child of Japanese National’, ‘Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident’ or ‘Long Term Resident’; provided the passenger is holding a re-entry permit issued before 23rd July 2020 and the country visited was Botswana, Comoros, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Namibia, Nepal, Palestine, Paraguay, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Uzbekistan or Venezuela.
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Flight Restrictions

published 21.07.2020
1. Passengers who have transited through or have been in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Eswatini, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City (Holy See) or Viet Nam in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter until 31 July 2020.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals of Japan;
– spouses or children of nationals of Japan if they can prove it;
– residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission by 2 April 2020;
– residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 3 April and 28 April 2020 and have only been in Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Cape Verde, Colombia, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Russian Fed., Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, St. Kitts and Nevis, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine or Uruguay;
– residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 29 April and 15 May 2020 and have only been 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;
– residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 16 May and 26 May 2020 and have only been in Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Africa or Tajikistan;
– residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 27 May and 30 June 2020 and have only been in Algeria, Cameroon, Central African Rep., Costa Rica, Cuba, Eswatini, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Iraq, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Senegal or St. Vincent and the Grenadines;
– passengers with a Special Permanent Residence Permit. However, they must have a Re-entry Permit from a regional immigration officer;
– US military personnel;
– civilian personnel of the US armed forces in Japan and their dependents.
2. A completed “Quarantine Questionnaire” must be presented upon arrival.
3. Passengers and airline crew are subject to medical screening.
4. Visa exemption for passengers with passengers with a British passport, Hong Kong (SAR China) passport, Macao (SAR China) passport is suspended.
5. Visa exemption for nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See) is suspended.
6. Visa exemption for nationals of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Samoa, Solomon Isl., Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam with a diplomatic, official or service passport is suspended.
7. Visa exemption granted to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card issued by Brunei Darussalam, China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Indonesia, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russian Fed., Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam, is suspended.
8. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a passport issued in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province (China People’s Rep.) are not allowed to enter Japan.
– This does not apply when passengers can prove that they have not been in Hubei Province and Zhejiang Province the last 14 days.
9. Passengers who were in the cruise ship ‘Westerdam’ are not allowed to enter Japan. – This does not apply to nationals of Japan.
10. Visas issued on or before 8 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Korea (Rep.) or Macao (SAR China) are invalidated.
11. Visas issued on or before 20 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See) are invalidated.
12. Visas issued on or before 27 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam are invalidated.
13. Visas issued on or before 2 April 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Isl., Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Isl., Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States), Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian Territory, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles , Sierra Leone, Solomon Isl., Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia or Zimbabwe are invalidated.
14. Passengers transiting through Tokyo (NRT) must transit on the same calendar day.

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Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation.

All passengers arriving in Japan are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or your own home) and to avoid using public transport. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

All passengers arriving in Japan are required to complete a health questionnaire before disembarkation, including contact details. They are then required to undergo a coronavirus screening test (PCR) at the airport. You may be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to your accommodation.
All travellers and may need to provide written evidence of a PCR negative Covid-19 test result on arrival. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this process on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Full Restrictions

  • Japan Authorities loosen entry restrictions for legal foreign residents amid COVID-19 pandemic (Japan Times, 28.08.2020). Japan raised its travel advisory Wednesday for 13 countries: Bhutan, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Ethiopia, Gambia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Nigeria, Malawi, South Sudan, Rwanda and Lesotho, warning against traveling to them amid concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus. (The Mainichi, 26.08.2020) ‘State of emergency’ in Okinawa Prefecture through 29 August (Garda, 17.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    New entry to visit or live in Japan is denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to this list of countries [https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/] in the last 14 days, other than in exceptional circumstances. There is currently no indication of when this might change. You may wish to confirm possible eligibility for any other exceptions to enter Japan, including for humanitarian reasons, or as the family member of some kinds of resident. Please see Ministry of Justice guidance [http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001321982.pdf].
    From 1 September, foreign nationals with Status of Residence in Japan and who leave or have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit will be allowed to re-enter Japan. This includes those who until recently were prohibited from returning. Those who left Japan prior to 1 September will need to apply to their nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate to receive a “Re-entry Confirmation Letter”. They will also need to provide written evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of their flight departure time. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this re-entry process on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website [https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page25e_000334.html]. Those currently in Japan who wish to leave and return after 1 September will need to apply to the Immigration Services Agency before their departure and obtain a receipt confirming the request to return has been accepted. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this process on the Ministry of Justice website [http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001327497.pdf] it also includes further explanation on what is needed to return to Japan. Those who do not have a valid re-entry permit will in principle be denied re-entry even in the above cases. You may wish to confirm re-entry eligibility and Covid-19 testing requirements, including the certificate that you need, with the consular section of the nearest Japanese Embassy.
    These measures do not apply to passengers who are transiting through the same airport and do not go through immigration. If you are transiting using different airports you will need a transit permit on arrival. To get one you will be required to demonstrate that you have not come from a country on the banned list, that you have timely onward travel plans and show that you will not use public transport to move between airports; this includes taxis. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. You should also check the latest entry requirements for your destination.
    All passengers arriving in Japan are required to complete a health questionnaire before disembarkation, including contact details. They are then required to undergo a Covid-19 screening test at the airport. You will be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to your accommodation.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The majority of businesses are now open, with some restrictions on mass gatherings over 5000 people. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and exercising other basic precautions [https://corona.go.jp/prevention/pdf/en.newlifestyle.pdf] remain in place. Controls may also be strengthened in the event of renewed outbreaks. You should follow the instructions of your local authority [https://www.japantimes.co.jp/covid-19-info-japan-prefecture/]. Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    31.08.2020
  • Japan Authorities loosen entry restrictions for legal foreign residents amid COVID-19 pandemic (Japan Times, 28.08.2020). Japan raised its travel advisory Wednesday for 13 countries: Bhutan, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Ethiopia, Gambia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Nigeria, Malawi, South Sudan, Rwanda and Lesotho, warning against traveling to them amid concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus. (The Mainichi, 26.08.2020) ‘State of emergency’ in Okinawa Prefecture through 29 August (Garda, 17.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Entry to Japan is denied for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to this list of countries [https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/] in the last 14 days, other than in exceptional circumstances. These measures also apply to people who live in Japan but are temporarily out of the country. Exceptions may be granted to those who left Japan on or before 2 April with re-entry permission and who are: holders of permanent residency permits (eijusha); holders of long-term residence permits (teijusha); spouses or children of permanent residents (eijusha no haigusha-to); direct relatives of Japanese nationals. Those who leave Japan on or after 3 April will in principle be denied re-entry even in the above cases. However, you may wish to confirm possible eligibility for any other exceptions, including for humanitarian reasons (see Ministry of Justice guidance [http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001321982.pdf]) to enter or re-enter Japan before you travel. These measures do not apply to passengers who are transiting through the same airport and do not go through immigration. If you are transiting using different airports you will need a transit permit on arrival. All passengers arriving in Japan are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or your own home) and to avoid using public transport. These measures will remain in place until at least the end of August 2020.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The majority of businesses are now open, with some restrictions on mass gatherings over 5000 people. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and exercising other basic precautions remain in place [https://corona.go.jp/prevention/pdf/en.newlifestyle.pdf]. Controls may also be strengthened in the event of renewed outbreaks. You should follow the instructions of your local authority [https://www.japantimes.co.jp/covid-19-info-japan-prefecture/]. Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    28.08.2020
  • Japan *****International Restrictions:
    Entry to Japan is denied for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to this list of countries [https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/] in the last 14 days, other than in exceptional circumstances. These measures also apply to people who live in Japan but are temporarily out of the country. Exceptions may be granted to those who left Japan on or before 2 April with re-entry permission and who are: holders of permanent residency permits (eijusha); holders of long-term residence permits (teijusha); spouses or children of permanent residents (eijusha no haigusha-to); direct relatives of Japanese nationals. Those who leave Japan on or after 3 April will in principle be denied re-entry even in the above cases. However, you may wish to confirm possible eligibility for any other exceptions, including for humanitarian reasons (see Ministry of Justice guidance [http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001321982.pdf]) to enter or re-enter Japan before you travel. These measures do not apply to passengers who are transiting through the same airport and do not go through immigration. If you are transiting using different airports you will need a transit permit on arrival. All passengers arriving in Japan are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or your own home) and to avoid using public transport. These measures will remain in place until at least the end of August 2020.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The majority of businesses are now open, with some restrictions on mass gatherings over 5000 people. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and exercising other basic precautions remain in place [https://corona.go.jp/prevention/pdf/en.newlifestyle.pdf]. Controls may also be strengthened in the event of renewed outbreaks. You should follow the instructions of your local authority [https://www.japantimes.co.jp/covid-19-info-japan-prefecture/]. Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    31.07.2020
  • Japan Japan bans entry to travelers from 18 countries: Guyana, Cuba, Guatemala, Grenada, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Haiti, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Algeria, Eswatini, Cameroon, Senegal, CAR, Mauritania, Iraq, Lebanon and Georgia starting 1 July (Japan News, 29.06.2020) The additions bring the total number of countries on the list to 129; a full list of affected countries can be found here (please copy and paste link into your browser): https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/.

    *****International Restrictions:
    Entry to Japan is denied for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to this list of countries [https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/] in the last 14 days, other than in exceptional circumstances. These measures also apply to people who live in Japan but are temporarily out of the country. Exceptions may be granted to those who left Japan on or before 2 April with re-entry permission and who are: holders of permanent residency permits (eijusha); holders of long-term residence permits (teijusha); spouses or children of permanent residents (eijusha no haigusha-to); direct relatives of Japanese nationals.Those who leave Japan on or after 3 April will in principle be denied re-entry even in the above cases. However, you may wish to confirm possible eligibility for any other exceptions, including for humanitarian reasons (see Ministry of Justice guidance [http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001321982.pdf]) to enter or re-enter Japan before you travel.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The majority of businesses are now open, with some restrictions on mass gatherings over 5000 people. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and exercising other basic precautions remain in place [https://corona.go.jp/prevention/pdf/en.newlifestyle.pdf]. Controls may also be strengthened in the event of renewed outbreaks. You should follow the instructions of your local authority [https://www.japantimes.co.jp/covid-19-info-japan-prefecture/]. Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    22.07.2020
  • Japan Japan bans entry to travelers from 18 countries: Guyana, Cuba, Guatemala, Grenada, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Haiti, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Algeria, Eswatini, Cameroon, Senegal, CAR, Mauritania, Iraq, Lebanon and Georgia starting 1 July (Japan News, 29.06.2020) The additions bring the total number of countries on the list to 129; a full list of affected countries can be found here (please copy and paste link into your browser): https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/.

    *****International Restrictions:
    International flights are currently available in Japan, but service has been drastically reduced compared with the pre-COVID-19 period. All passengers who arrive in Japan may be required to undergo a coronavirus screening test (PCR) and are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or your own home) and to avoid using public transport. This request will remain in place until at least the end of June.
    From 3 April, entry to Japan will be denied for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to this list of countries in the last 14 days, [https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/] other than in exceptional circumstances. These measures also apply to people who live in Japan but are temporarily out of the country.
    Exceptions may be granted to those who left Japan on or before 2 April with re-entry permission and who are: holders of permanent residency permits (eijusha); holders of long-term residence permits (teijusha); spouses or children of permanent residents (eijusha no haigusha-to); direct relatives of Japanese nationals. Those who leave Japan on or after 3 April will in principle be denied re-entry even in the above cases. However, you may wish to confirm possible eligibility for any other exceptions, including for humanitarian reasons (see Ministry of Justice guidance [http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001321982.pdf]) to enter Japan before you travel. Consult with the consular section of the Japanese Embassy your location.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The State of Emergency was lifted across all of Japan on 25 May. Many non-essential businesses that were closed are beginning to open. However, measures encouraging social distancing, avoiding unnecessary travel (including other prefectures) and closed spaces, and exercising other basic precautions may remain in place [https://corona.go.jp/prevention/pdf/en.newlifestyle.pdf]. Local authorities may also put in place special measure, which should be followed [https://www.japantimes.co.jp/covid-19-info-japan-prefecture/].

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    On June 19, the Japanese government lifted domestic travel restrictions.Authorities rescinded an advisory instructing members of the public to avoid leaving infected prefectures and encouraged the public to attend events with social distancing and hygiene measures in place. Gatherings of up to 1000 people for outdoor and indoor events are now permitted.
    Tokyo-Osaka bullet train to resume services in July and lifts domestic travel bans (News on Japan, 18.06.2020). Japan will partially ease travel restrictions with Vietnam, with flights between the two countries to be permitted from June 25-27 (Reuters, 23.06.2020).

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    02.07.2020
  • Japan Tokyo-Osaka bullet train to resume services in July and lifts domestic travel bans (News on Japan, 18.06.2020). Japan will partially ease travel restrictions with Vietnam, with flights between the two countries to be permitted from June 25-27 (Reuters, 23.06.2020). Chubu Airport in central Japan will resume some international flights from next Tuesday 16 June. (Bangkok Post, 11.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    International flights are currently available in Japan, but service has been drastically reduced compared with the pre-COVID-19 period. All passengers who arrive in Japan may be required to undergo a coronavirus screening test (PCR) and are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or your own home) and to avoid using public transport. This request will remain in place until at least the end of June.
    From 3 April, entry to Japan will be denied for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to this list of countries in the last 14 days, [https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/] other than in exceptional circumstances. These measures also apply to people who live in Japan but are temporarily out of the country.
    Exceptions may be granted to those who left Japan on or before 2 April with re-entry permission and who are: holders of permanent residency permits (eijusha); holders of long-term residence permits (teijusha); spouses or children of permanent residents (eijusha no haigusha-to); direct relatives of Japanese nationals. Those who leave Japan on or after 3 April will in principle be denied re-entry even in the above cases. However, you may wish to confirm possible eligibility for any other exceptions, including for humanitarian reasons (see Ministry of Justice guidance [http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001321982.pdf]) to enter Japan before you travel. Consult with the consular section of the Japanese Embassy your location.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The State of Emergency was lifted across all of Japan on 25 May. Many non-essential businesses that were closed are beginning to open. However, measures encouraging social distancing, avoiding unnecessary travel (including other prefectures) and closed spaces, and exercising other basic precautions may remain in place [https://corona.go.jp/prevention/pdf/en.newlifestyle.pdf]. Local authorities may also put in place special measure, which should be followed [https://www.japantimes.co.jp/covid-19-info-japan-prefecture/].

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    28.06.2020
  • Japan Chubu Airport in central Japan will resume some international flights from next Tuesday 16 June. (Bangkok Post, 11.06.2020)

    1. Passengers and airline crew who have transited through or have been in Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City (Holy See) or Viet Nam in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Japan.
    – This does not apply to spouses or children of nationals of Japan if they can prove it.
    – This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission by 2 April 2020.
    – This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 3 April and 28 April 2020 and have only been in Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Cape Verde, Colombia, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Russian Fed., Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, St. Kitts and Nevis, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine or Uruguay.
    – This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 29 April and 15 May 2020 and have only been 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.
    – This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 16 May and 26 May 2020 and have only been in Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Africa or Tajikistan.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a Special Permanent Residence Permit. However, they must have a Re-entry Permit from a regional immigration officer.
    – This does not apply to US military personnel.
    – This does not apply to airline crew if they comply with the following requirements:
    (a) each crewmember must submit a quarantine questionnaire;
    (b) each crewmember must submit and a “Plan of Stay in Japan” declaration;
    (c) crews should adhere to the instructions provided in the quarantine document “Notice: For Crews boarding vehicles from areas subject to strengthened quarantine”;
    (d) airlines should arrange chartered vehicles (as opposed to public transportation) to transport crews between the airport and their hotel; and
    (e) airlines should ensure that crews comply with items (a) through (d) above during their stay in Japan.
    2. Passengers and airline crew who have been in Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City (Holy See) or Viet Nam in the past 14 days must submit a quarantine questionnaire upon arrival.
    3. Visa exemption for passengers with passengers with a British passport, Hong Kong (SAR China) passport, Macao (SAR China) passport is suspended.
    4. Visa exemption for nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See) is suspended.
    5. Visa exemption for nationals of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Samoa, Solomon Isl., Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam with a diplomatic, official or service passport is suspended.
    6. Passengers and airline crew who are eligible to enter Japan and have been in Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Finland, Gabon, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Israel, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Sao Tome and Principe, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey, USA, United Kingdom, Uruguay or Viet Nam in the past 14 days are required to undergo a PCR test upon arrival.
    – This does not apply to airline crew if they comply with the following requirements:
    (a) each crewmember must submit a quarantine questionnaire;
    (b) each crewmember must submit and a “Plan of Stay in Japan” declaration;
    (c) crews should adhere to the instructions provided in the quarantine document “Notice: For Crews boarding vehicles from areas subject to strengthened quarantine”;
    (d) airlines should arrange chartered vehicles (as opposed to public transportation) to transport crews between the airport and their hotel; and
    (e) airlines should ensure that crews comply with items (a) through (d) above during their stay in Japan.
    7. Visa exemption granted to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card issued by Brunei Darussalam, China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Indonesia, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russian Fed., Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam, is suspended.
    8. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a passport issued in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province (China People’s Rep.) are not allowed to enter Japan.
    – This does not apply when passengers can prove that they have not been in Hubei Province and Zhejiang Province the last 14 days.
    9. Passengers who were in the cruise ship ‘Westerdam’ are not allowed to enter Japan. – This does not apply to nationals of Japan.
    10. Visas issued on or before 8 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Korea (Rep.) or Macao (SAR China) are invalidated.
    11. Visas issued on or before 20 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See) are invalidated.
    12. Visas issued on or before 27 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam are invalidated.
    13. Visas issued on or before 2 April 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Isl., Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Isl., Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States), Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian Territory, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles , Sierra Leone, Solomon Isl., Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia or Zimbabwe are invalidated.

    Internal restrictions:

    A nationwide state of emergency (SoE) was

    extended to 31 May. Meanwhile, the government on 14 May lifted the SoE in 39 out of 47 prefectures.
    The SoE remains in place in the following prefectures: the capital Tokyo,
    Chiba (all Kanto region), Hokkaido (Hokkaido region), Hyogo (all Kansai region), Kanagawa, Kyoto, Osaka and Saitama. Earlier, these prefectures were declared ‘special alert’ areas, where measures to contain the pandemic are focused. The measures include school closures and strongly promoting working from home or staggering commuting hours.
    Under SoE, respective governors are allowed to order the closures of facilities such as schools, cinemas, departments stores as well as ban the gathering of large crowds. Essential services, such as medical facilities, pharmacies, supermarkets, convenience stores, factories, public bathhouses and restaurants, will continue to operate.
    Prior to the announcement of the state of emergency, the authorities had already requested all people to avoid large gatherings and for those already in areas with an uptick in COVID-19 cases to stay inside their homes. While no nationwide directive to cancel events has been issued, event sponsors have been asked to consider whether events are necessary. It is expected that various public events and access to places such as entertainment places, national museums and sports stadiums will be suspended until further notice.
    From May 28, East Japan Railway Company (JR East) will reduce the number of regular services on the Tohoku, Joetsu and Hokuriku Shinkansen lines, as well as some standard trains, by as much as 50 percent. (The Mainichi, 20.05.2020)

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    On May 25, Prime Minister Abe lifted the state of emergency for Hokkaido, Chiba, Saitama, Tokyo, and Kanagawa. The state of emergency has now been lifted for all of Japan. However, authorities in many prefectures and municipal wards continue to request restricted hours and/or closures of public venues. Local governments have also established roadmaps for reopening schools, businesses and public venues and events, as well as metrics for reinstituting stay-at-home orders should significant second-wave infections occur. (OSAC, 27.05.2020)

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    11.06.2020
  • Japan 1. Passengers and airline crew who have transited through or have been in Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City (Holy See) or Viet Nam in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Japan.
    – This does not apply to spouses or children of nationals of Japan if they can prove it.
    – This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission by 2 April 2020.
    – This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 3 April and 28 April 2020 and have only been in Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Cape Verde, Colombia, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Russian Fed., Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, St. Kitts and Nevis, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine or Uruguay.
    – This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 29 April and 15 May 2020 and have only been 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.
    – This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 16 May and 26 May 2020 and have only been in Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Africa or Tajikistan.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a Special Permanent Residence Permit. However, they must have a Re-entry Permit from a regional immigration officer.
    – This does not apply to US military personnel.
    – This does not apply to airline crew if they comply with the following requirements:
    (a) each crewmember must submit a quarantine questionnaire;
    (b) each crewmember must submit and a “Plan of Stay in Japan” declaration;
    (c) crews should adhere to the instructions provided in the quarantine document “Notice: For Crews boarding vehicles from areas subject to strengthened quarantine”;
    (d) airlines should arrange chartered vehicles (as opposed to public transportation) to transport crews between the airport and their hotel; and
    (e) airlines should ensure that crews comply with items (a) through (d) above during their stay in Japan.
    2. Passengers and airline crew who have been in Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City (Holy See) or Viet Nam in the past 14 days must submit a quarantine questionnaire upon arrival.
    3. Visa exemption for passengers with passengers with a British passport, Hong Kong (SAR China) passport, Macao (SAR China) passport is suspended.
    4. Visa exemption for nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See) is suspended.
    5. Visa exemption for nationals of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Samoa, Solomon Isl., Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam with a diplomatic, official or service passport is suspended.
    6. Passengers and airline crew who are eligible to enter Japan and have been in Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Finland, Gabon, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Israel, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Sao Tome and Principe, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey, USA, United Kingdom, Uruguay or Viet Nam in the past 14 days are required to undergo a PCR test upon arrival.
    – This does not apply to airline crew if they comply with the following requirements:
    (a) each crewmember must submit a quarantine questionnaire;
    (b) each crewmember must submit and a “Plan of Stay in Japan” declaration;
    (c) crews should adhere to the instructions provided in the quarantine document “Notice: For Crews boarding vehicles from areas subject to strengthened quarantine”;
    (d) airlines should arrange chartered vehicles (as opposed to public transportation) to transport crews between the airport and their hotel; and
    (e) airlines should ensure that crews comply with items (a) through (d) above during their stay in Japan.
    7. Visa exemption granted to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card issued by Brunei Darussalam, China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Indonesia, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russian Fed., Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam, is suspended.
    8. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a passport issued in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province (China People’s Rep.) are not allowed to enter Japan.
    – This does not apply when passengers can prove that they have not been in Hubei Province and Zhejiang Province the last 14 days.
    9. Passengers who were in the cruise ship ‘Westerdam’ are not allowed to enter Japan. – This does not apply to nationals of Japan.
    10. Visas issued on or before 8 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Korea (Rep.) or Macao (SAR China) are invalidated.
    11. Visas issued on or before 20 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See) are invalidated.
    12. Visas issued on or before 27 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam are invalidated.
    13. Visas issued on or before 2 April 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Isl., Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Isl., Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States), Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian Territory, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles , Sierra Leone, Solomon Isl., Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia or Zimbabwe are invalidated.

    Internal restrictions:

    A nationwide state of emergency (SoE) has been extended to 31 May. Meanwhile, the government on 14 May lifted the SoE in 39 out of 47 prefectures.
    The SoE remains in place in the following prefectures: the capital Tokyo,
    Chiba (all Kanto region), Hokkaido (Hokkaido region), Hyogo (all Kansai region), Kanagawa, Kyoto, Osaka and Saitama. Earlier, these prefectures were declared ‘special alert’ areas, where measures to contain the pandemic are focused. The measures include school closures and strongly promoting working from home or staggering commuting hours.
    Under SoE, respective governors are allowed to order the closures of facilities such as schools, cinemas, departments stores as well as ban the gathering of large crowds. Essential services, such as medical facilities, pharmacies, supermarkets, convenience stores, factories, public bathhouses and restaurants, will continue to operate.
    Prior to the announcement of the state of emergency, the authorities had already requested all people to avoid large gatherings and for those already in areas with an uptick in COVID-19 cases to stay inside their homes. While no nationwide directive to cancel events has been issued, event sponsors have been asked to consider whether events are necessary. It is expected that various public events and access to places such as entertainment places, national museums and sports stadiums will be suspended until further notice.
    From May 28, East Japan Railway Company (JR East) will reduce the number of regular services on the Tohoku, Joetsu and Hokuriku Shinkansen lines, as well as some standard trains, by as much as 50 percent. (The Mainichi, 20.05.2020)

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    On May 25, Prime Minister Abe lifted the state of emergency for Hokkaido, Chiba, Saitama, Tokyo, and Kanagawa. The state of emergency has now been lifted for all of Japan. However, authorities in many prefectures and municipal wards continue to request restricted hours and/or closures of public venues. Local governments have also established roadmaps for reopening schools, businesses and public venues and events, as well as metrics for reinstituting stay-at-home orders should significant second-wave infections occur. (OSAC, 27.05.2020)

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    01.06.2020
  • Japan 1. Passengers and airline crew who have transited through or have been in Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City (Holy See) or Viet Nam in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter.

    – This does not apply to nationals of Japan. – This does not apply to spouses or children of nationals of Japan if they can prove it. – This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission by 2 April 2020. – This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 3 April and 28 April 2020 and have only been in Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Cape Verde, Colombia, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Russian Fed., Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, St. Kitts and Nevis, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine or Uruguay. – This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 29 April and 15 May 2020 and have only been 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. – This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 16 May and 26 May 2020 and have only been in Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Africa or Tajikistan.

    – This does not apply to passengers with a Special Permanent Residence Permit. However, they must have a Re-entry Permit from a regional immigration officer. – This does not apply to US military personnel. – This does not apply to airline crew if they comply with the following requirements: (a) each crewmember must submit a quarantine questionnaire; (b) each crewmember must submit and a “Plan of Stay in Japan” declaration; (c) crews should adhere to the instructions provided in the quarantine document “Notice: For Crews boarding vehicles from areas subject to strengthened quarantine”; (d) airlines should arrange chartered vehicles (as opposed to public transportation) to transport crews between the airport and their hotel; and (e) airlines should ensure that crews comply with items (a) through (d) above during their stay in Japan. 2. Passengers and airline crew who have been in Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City (Holy See) or Viet Nam in the past 14 days must submit a quarantine questionnaire upon arrival. 3. Visa exemption for passengers with passengers with a British passport, Hong Kong (SAR China) passport, Macao (SAR China) passport is suspended. 4. Visa exemption for nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See) is suspended. 5. Visa exemption for nationals of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Samoa, Solomon Isl., Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam with a diplomatic, official or service passport is suspended. 6. Passengers and airline crew who are eligible to enter Japan and have been in Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Finland, Gabon, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Israel, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Sao Tome and Principe, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey, USA, United Kingdom, Uruguay or Viet Nam in the past 14 days are required to undergo a PCR test upon arrival. – This does not apply to airline crew if they comply with the following requirements: (a) each crewmember must submit a quarantine questionnaire; (b) each crewmember must submit and a “Plan of Stay in Japan” declaration; (c) crews should adhere to the instructions provided in the quarantine document “Notice: For Crews boarding vehicles from areas subject to strengthened quarantine”; (d) airlines should arrange chartered vehicles (as opposed to public transportation) to transport crews between the airport and their hotel; and (e) airlines should ensure that crews comply with items (a) through (d) above during their stay in Japan. 7. Visa exemption granted to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card issued by Brunei Darussalam, China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Indonesia, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russian Fed., Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam, is suspended. 8. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a passport issued in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province (China People’s Rep.) are not allowed to enter Japan. – This does not apply when passengers can prove that they have not been in Hubei Province and Zhejiang Province the last 14 days. 9. Passengers who were in the cruise ship ‘Westerdam’ are not allowed to enter Japan. – This does not apply to nationals of Japan. 10. Visas issued on or before 8 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Korea (Rep.) or Macao (SAR China) are invalidated. 11. Visas issued on or before 20 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See) are invalidated. 12. Visas issued on or before 27 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam are invalidated. 13. Visas issued on or before 2 April 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Isl., Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Isl., Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States), Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian Territory, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles , Sierra Leone, Solomon Isl., Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia or Zimbabwe are invalidated.

    Internal restrictions:

    A nationwide state of emergency (SoE) has been extended to 31 May. Meanwhile, the government on 14 May lifted the SoE in 39 out of 47 prefectures. The SoE remains in place in the following prefectures: the capital Tokyo, Chiba (all Kanto region), Hokkaido (Hokkaido region), Hyogo (all Kansai region), Kanagawa, Kyoto, Osaka and Saitama.

    Earlier, these prefectures were declared ‘special alert’ areas, where measures to contain the pandemic are focused. The measures include school closures and strongly promoting working from home or staggering commuting hours. Under SoE, respective governors are allowed to order the closures of facilities such as schools, cinemas, departments stores as well as ban the gathering of large crowds. Essential services, such as medical facilities, pharmacies, supermarkets, convenience stores, factories, public bathhouses and restaurants, will continue to operate. Prior to the announcement of the state of emergency, the authorities had already requested all people to avoid large gatherings and for those already in areas with an uptick in COVID-19 cases to stay inside their homes. While no nationwide directive to cancel events has been issued, event sponsors have been asked to consider whether events are necessary. It is expected that various public events and access to places such as entertainment places, national museums and sports stadiums will be suspended until further notice. From May 28, East Japan Railway Company (JR East) will reduce the number of regular services on the Tohoku, Joetsu and Hokuriku Shinkansen lines, as well as some standard trains, by as much as 50 percent. (The Mainichi, 20.05.2020)

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    On May 25, Prime Minister Abe lifted the state of emergency for Hokkaido, Chiba, Saitama, Tokyo, and Kanagawa. The state of emergency has now been lifted for all of Japan. However, authorities in many prefectures and municipal wards continue to request restricted hours and/or closures of public venues.

    Local governments have also established roadmaps for reopening schools, businesses and public venues and events, as well as metrics for reinstituting stay-at-home orders should significant second-wave infections occur. (OSAC, 27.05.2020)

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    28.05.2020
  • Japan International Travel: Entry for foreign travellers who have been to the following countries in the 14 days prior to arrival remains prohibited until at least 31 May: Africa: Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritius, and Sao Tome and Principe. Americas: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, St Kitts and Nevis, Uruguay and the US. Asia-Pacific: Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong (China SAR), Indonesia, Macao (China SAR), Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea (all regions), Taiwan (China), Thailand and Vietnam. Europe & CIS: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the UK and Vatican City. Middle East: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates The application of visa exemption arrangements for the following countries are temporarily suspended: APAC: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong (SAR), India, Indonesia, Laos, Macao (SAR), Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, South Korea, Solomon Islands, Thailand and Vietnam. America: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay. Europe: Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, 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, Uzbekistan and Vatican City. Middle East: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Oman, Qatar and UAE. Africa: Lesotho and Tunisia. Other: British National (Overseas). Permanent residents, spouses of Japanese nationals, spouses of permanent residents and long-term residents are only permitted to enter the country if they left their departure countries by 00.00 on 3 April.
    Details https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html

    Japanese nationals as well as foreign travellers who are allowed entry into the country are required to take a COVID-19 test and must self-quarantine for 14 days. They are also requested to refrain from using public transport. Foreigners without a residence in Japan are permitted to self-quarantine in hotels or any other short-term accommodation arranged by themselves or a local host prior to their arrival. The restrictions will last until at least 31 May. PRC nationals holding passports issued in Hubei and Zhejiang provinces will also be denied entry. This does not apply to the spouses and children of Japanese nationals. Single entry and multiple entry visas issued before or on 27 March by Japanese diplomatic missions in Bahrain, Brunei, Congo (DRC), Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam remain suspended. All visas issued by Japanese embassies and consulates in China and South Korea are temporarily suspended. Visa exemption arrangements are also temporarily suspended for passport holders of Hong Kong, Macao and South Korea, as well as British National (Overseas) passport holders. The authorities have implemented stringent health screening measures in all ports of entry, including airports and seaports. Those who are allowed to enter Japan as a transit country are not subject to the quarantine measures, as long as they do not disembark. Anyone disembarked will be requested to stay at a place designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station, and not to use public transportations, but they may leave Japan before finishing the 14-day period. All flights from South Korea and China can only arrive at Narita International Airport and Kansai International Airport.

    All land and sea crossings are closed except for cargo vehicles. To confirm eligibility, before travelling you should consult with the consular section of your nearest Japanese Embassy if you are abroad, or the Immigration Services Agency if you are in Japan.

    Internal restrictions:

    A nationwide state of emergency (SoE) has been extended to 31 May. Meanwhile, the government on 14 May lifted the SoE in 39 out of 47 prefectures. The SoE remains in place in the following prefectures: the capital Tokyo, Chiba (all Kanto region), Hokkaido (Hokkaido region), Hyogo (all Kansai region), Kanagawa, Kyoto, Osaka and Saitama. Earlier, these prefectures were declared ‘special alert’ areas, where measures to contain the pandemic are focused. The measures include school closures and strongly promoting working from home or staggering commuting hours. Under SoE, respective governors are allowed to order the closures of facilities such as schools, cinemas, departments stores as well as ban the gathering of large crowds. Essential services, such as medical facilities, pharmacies, supermarkets, convenience stores, factories, public bathhouses and restaurants, will continue to operate. Prior to the announcement of the state of emergency, the authorities had already requested all people to avoid large gatherings and for those already in areas with an uptick in COVID-19 cases to stay inside their homes. While no nationwide directive to cancel events has been issued, event sponsors have been asked to consider whether events are necessary. It is expected that various public events and access to places such as entertainment places, national museums and sports stadiums will be suspended until further notice.

    From May 28, East Japan Railway Company (JR East) will reduce the number of regular services on the Tohoku, Joetsu and Hokuriku Shinkansen lines, as well as some standard trains, by as much as 50 percent. (The Mainichi, 20.05.2020)

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    State of emergency for Tokyo lifted (Reuters, 25.05.2020). Gradual easing of restrictions on social and economic activities in prefectures not on ‘special alert’. Some businesses, such as restaurants and department stores, resumed operations by taking social distancing measures and operating in shorter hours.

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    27.05.2020
  • Japan Japan plans to lift the state of emergency in the western prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo from the list of eight remaining ones but keeping curbs in Tokyo area and the northern island of Hokkaido (Reuters, 20.05.2020) International Travel: Entry for foreign travellers who have been to the following countries in the 14 days prior to arrival remains prohibited until at least 31 May: Africa: Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritius, and Sao Tome and Principe. Americas: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, St Kitts and Nevis, Uruguay and the US. Asia-Pacific: Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong (China SAR), Indonesia, Macao (China SAR), Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea (all regions), Taiwan (China), Thailand and Vietnam. Europe & CIS: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the UK and Vatican City. Middle East: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates The application of visa exemption arrangements for the following countries are temporarily suspended: APAC: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong (SAR), India, Indonesia, Laos, Macao (SAR), Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, South Korea, Solomon Islands, Thailand and Vietnam. America: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay. Europe: Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, 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, Uzbekistan and Vatican City. Middle East: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Oman, Qatar and UAE. Africa: Lesotho and Tunisia. Other: British National (Overseas). Permanent residents, spouses of Japanese nationals, spouses of permanent residents and long-term residents are only permitted to enter the country if they left their departure countries by 00.00 on 3 April. Japanese nationals as well as foreign travellers who are allowed entry into the country are required to take a COVID-19 test and must self-quarantine for 14 days. They are also requested to refrain from using public transport. Foreigners without a residence in Japan are permitted to self-quarantine in hotels or any other short-term accommodation arranged by themselves or a local host prior to their arrival. The restrictions will last until at least 31 May. PRC nationals holding passports issued in Hubei and Zhejiang provinces will also be denied entry. This does not apply to the spouses and children of Japanese nationals. Single entry and multiple entry visas issued before or on 27 March by Japanese diplomatic missions in Bahrain, Brunei, Congo (DRC), Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam remain suspended. All visas issued by Japanese embassies and consulates in China and South Korea are temporarily suspended. Visa exemption arrangements are also temporarily suspended for passport holders of Hong Kong, Macao and South Korea, as well as British National (Overseas) passport holders. The authorities have implemented stringent health screening measures in all ports of entry, including airports and seaports. Those who are allowed to enter Japan as a transit country are not subject to the quarantine measures, as long as they do not disembark. Anyone disembarked will be requested to stay at a place designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station, and not to use public transportations, but they may leave Japan before finishing the 14-day period. All flights from South Korea and China can only arrive at Narita International Airport and Kansai International Airport. To confirm eligibility, before travelling you should consult with the consular section of your nearest Japanese Embassy if you are abroad, or the Immigration Services Agency if you are in Japan.

    Internal restrictions:

    A nationwide state of emergency (SoE) has been extended to 31 May. Meanwhile, the government on 14 May lifted the SoE in 39 out of 47 prefectures. The SoE remains in place in the following prefectures: the capital Tokyo, Chiba (all Kanto region), Hokkaido (Hokkaido region), Hyogo (all Kansai region), Kanagawa, Kyoto, Osaka and Saitama. Earlier, these prefectures were declared ‘special alert’ areas, where measures to contain the pandemic are focused. The measures include school closures and strongly promoting working from home or staggering commuting hours. Under SoE, respective governors are allowed to order the closures of facilities such as schools, cinemas, departments stores as well as ban the gathering of large crowds. Essential services, such as medical facilities, pharmacies, supermarkets, convenience stores, factories, public bathhouses and restaurants, will continue to operate. The authorities on 4 May announced gradual easing of restrictions on social and economic activities in prefectures not on ‘special alert’. Some businesses, such as restaurants and department stores that were temporarily closed resumed operations by taking social distancing measures and operating in shorter hours. Public transport such as busses, trains and taxis continue to operate, though a reduction in services can be expected. Restrictions on social and economic activities will be eased in prefectures no longer under the SoE. Venues such as restaurants, department stores, museums and movie theatres will be gradually reopened on the condition that social distancing measures are in place. Prior to the announcement of the state of emergency, the authorities had already requested all people to avoid large gatherings and for those already in areas with an uptick in COVID-19 cases to stay inside their homes. While no nationwide directive to cancel events has been issued, event sponsors have been asked to consider whether events are necessary. It is expected that various public events and access to places such as entertainment places, national museums and sports stadiums will be suspended until further notice. From May 28, East Japan Railway Company (JR East) will reduce the number of regular services on the Tohoku, Joetsu and Hokuriku Shinkansen lines, as well as some standard trains, by as much as 50 percent. (The Mainichi, 20.05.2020)

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    21.05.2020
  • Japan Government plans to lift state of emergency in several areas before 31 May (Kyodo News, 13.05.2020) International Travel: Entry for foreign travellers who have been to the following countries in the 14 days prior to arrival remains prohibited until at least 31 May: Africa: Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritius, and Sao Tome and Principe. Americas: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, St Kitts and Nevis, Uruguay and the US. Asia-Pacific: Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong (China SAR), Indonesia, Macao (China SAR), Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea (all regions), Taiwan (China), Thailand and Vietnam. Europe & CIS: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the UK and Vatican City. Middle East: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates The application of visa exemption arrangements for the following countries are temporarily suspended: APAC: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong (SAR), India, Indonesia, Laos, Macao (SAR), Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, South Korea, Solomon Islands, Thailand and Vietnam. America: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay. Europe: Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, 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, Uzbekistan and Vatican City. Middle East: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Oman, Qatar and UAE. Africa: Lesotho and Tunisia.

    Other: British National (Overseas). Permanent residents, spouses of Japanese nationals, spouses of permanent residents and long-term residents are only permitted to enter the country if they left their departure countries by 00.00 on 3 April. Japanese nationals as well as foreign travellers who are allowed entry into the country are required to take a COVID-19 test and must self-quarantine for 14 days. They are also requested to refrain from using public transport. Foreigners without a residence in Japan are permitted to self-quarantine in hotels or any other short-term accommodation arranged by themselves or a local host prior to their arrival. The restrictions will last until at least 31 May.

    PRC nationals holding passports issued in Hubei and Zhejiang provinces will also be denied entry. This does not apply to the spouses and children of Japanese nationals. Single entry and multiple entry visas issued before or on 27 March by Japanese diplomatic missions in Bahrain, Brunei, Congo (DRC), Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam remain suspended. All visas issued by Japanese embassies and consulates in China and South Korea are temporarily suspended. Visa exemption arrangements are also temporarily suspended for passport holders of Hong Kong, Macao and South Korea, as well as British National (Overseas) passport holders. The authorities have implemented stringent health screening measures in all ports of entry, including airports and seaports. Those who are allowed to enter Japan as a transit country are not subject to the quarantine measures, as long as they do not disembark. Anyone disembarked will be requested to stay at a place designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station, and not to use public transportations, but they may leave Japan before finishing the 14-day period. All flights from South Korea and China can only arrive at Narita International Airport and Kansai International Airport. To confirm eligibility, before travelling you should consult with the consular section of your nearest Japanese Embassy if you are abroad, or the Immigration Services Agency if you are in Japan.

    Internal restrictions:

    A nationwide state of emergency (SoE) has been extended to 31 May. Meanwhile, the government on 14 May lifted the SoE in 39 out of 47 prefectures. The SoE remains in place in the following prefectures: the capital Tokyo, Chiba (all Kanto region), Hokkaido (Hokkaido region), Hyogo (all Kansai region), Kanagawa, Kyoto, Osaka and Saitama. Earlier, these prefectures were declared ‘special alert’ areas, where measures to contain the pandemic are focused. The measures include school closures and strongly promoting working from home or staggering commuting hours. Under SoE, respective governors are allowed to order the closures of facilities such as schools, cinemas, departments stores as well as ban the gathering of large crowds. Essential services, such as medical facilities, pharmacies, supermarkets, convenience stores, factories, public bathhouses and restaurants, will continue to operate. The authorities on 4 May announced gradual easing of restrictions on social and economic activities in prefectures not on ‘special alert’.

    Some businesses, such as restaurants and department stores that were temporarily closed resumed operations by taking social distancing measures and operating in shorter hours. Public transport such as busses, trains and taxis continue to operate, though a reduction in services can be expected. Restrictions on social and economic activities will be eased in prefectures no longer under the SoE. Venues such as restaurants, department stores, museums and movie theatres will be gradually reopened on the condition that social distancing measures are in place. Prior to the announcement of the state of emergency, the authorities had already requested* all people to avoid large gatherings and for those already in areas with an uptick in COVID-19 cases to stay inside their homes. While no nationwide directive to cancel events has been issued, event sponsors have been asked to consider whether events are necessary. It is expected that various public events and access to places such as entertainment places, national museums and sports stadiums will be suspended until further notice.

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    15.05.2020
  • Japan International Travel:
    1. Passengers who have transited through or have been in Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City (Holy See) or Viet Nam in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Japan.
    – This does not apply to spouses or children of nationals of Japan if they can prove it.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a Special Permanent Residence Permit. However, they must have a Re-entry Permit from a regional immigration officer.
    – This does not apply to US military personnel.
    – This does not apply to airline crew if they comply with the following requirements:
    (a) each crewmember must submit a quarantine questionnaire;
    (b) each crewmember must submit and a “Plan of Stay in Japan” declaration;
    (c) crews should adhere to the instructions provided in the quarantine document “Notice: For Crews boarding vehicles from areas subject to strengthened quarantine”;
    (d) airlines should arrange chartered vehicles (as opposed to public transportation) to transport crews between the airport and their hotel; and
    (e) airlines should ensure that crews comply with items (a) through (d) above during their stay in Japan.
    2. Passengers and airline crew who have been in Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City (Holy See) or Viet Nam in the past 14 days must submit a quarantine questionnaire upon arrival.
    3. Visa exemption for passengers with passengers with a British passport, Hong Kong (SAR China) passport, Macao (SAR China) passport is suspended.
    4. Visa exemption for nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See) is suspended.
    5. Visa exemption for nationals of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Samoa, Solomon Isl., Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam with a diplomatic, official or service passport is suspended.
    6. Passengers who are eligible to enter Japan and have been in Albania, Armenia, Australia, Bahrain, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Israel, Indonesia, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova (Rep.), Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey, USA, United Kingdom or Viet Nam in the past 14 days are required to undergo a PCR test upon arrival. All the other passengers are subject to a PCR test.
    – This does not apply to airline crew if they comply with the following requirements:
    (a) each crewmember must submit a quarantine questionnaire;
    (b) each crewmember must submit and a “Plan of Stay in Japan” declaration;
    (c) crews should adhere to the instructions provided in the quarantine document “Notice: For Crews boarding vehicles from areas subject to strengthened quarantine”;
    (d) airlines should arrange chartered vehicles (as opposed to public transportation) to transport crews between the airport and their hotel; and
    (e) airlines should ensure that crews comply with items (a) through (d) above during their stay in Japan.
    7. Visa exemption granted to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card issued by Brunei Darussalam, China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Indonesia, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russian Fed., Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam, is suspended.
    8. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a passport issued in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province (China People’s Rep.) are not allowed to enter Japan.
    – This does not apply when passengers can prove that they have not been in Hubei Province and Zhejiang Province the last 14 days.
    9. Passengers who were in the cruise ship ‘Westerdam’ are not allowed to enter Japan. – This does not apply to nationals of Japan.
    10. Visas issued on or before 8 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Korea (Rep.) or Macao (SAR China) are invalidated.
    11. Visas issued on or before 20 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See) are invalidated.
    12. Visas issued on or before 27 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam are invalidated.
    13. Visas issued on or before 2 April 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Isl., Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Isl., Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States), Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian Territory, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles , Sierra Leone, Solomon Isl., Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia or Zimbabwe are invalidated

    To confirm eligibility, before travelling you should consult with the consular section of your nearest Japanese Embassy if you are abroad, or the Immigration Services Agency if you are in Japan.

    Internal restrictions:

    A nationwide state of emergency has been extended to 31 May. During this period, respective governors are allowed to order the closures of facilities such as schools, cinemas, departments stores as well as ban the gathering of large crowds. Essential services will continue to operate. The following 13 prefectures are under ‘special alert’, and measures to contain the pandemic will be focussed on these areas: Tokyo and the neighbouring prefectures of Chiba, Hyogo, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Kyoto, Osaka and Saitama (all Kanto) prefectures (all Kansai region), Hokkaido prefecture (Hokkaido region), Aichi, Gifu and Ishikawa prefectures (all Chubu region), and Fukuoka prefecture (Kyushu region). The measures include school closures and strongly promoting working from home or staggering commuting hours; further measures may be implemented by the local authorities in each region. The authorities on 4 May announced gradual easing of restrictions on social and economic activities in prefectures not on ‘special alert’. Venues such as libraries, museums and parks are likely to reopen on the condition that social distancing measures are in place. Prior to the announcement of the state of emergency, the authorities had already requested* all people to avoid large gatherings and for those already in areas with an uptick in COVID-19 cases to stay inside their homes. While no nationwide directive to cancel events has been issued, event sponsors have been asked to consider whether events are necessary. It is expected that various public events and access to places such as entertainment places, national museums and sports stadiums will be suspended until further notice. *If requests are not respected, mandatory restrictions will be implemented.

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    10.05.2020
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