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Published on 15.07.2021
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Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/
Published on 17.05.2021
ANA inviting passengers to participate in IATA Travel Pass trial.
Source: https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/ana-inviting-passengers-to-participate-in-iata-travel-pass-trial
Published on 12.05.2021
ANA begins trialing IATA’s Health Passport between 24MAY21-06JU21.
Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-iata-health-passport/

Published on 14.12.2020
JAL pursues path as urban air mobility innovator
Add Japan Airlines to the list: These airlines offer free COVID-19 travel insurance

Published on 26.11.2020
All Nippon Airways will resume services to Duesseldorf, Houston, San Francisco and select cities in Asia

Published on 20.11.2020
Japanese budget airline launches amid pandemic

Published on 22.10.2020
Peach expands Nagoya Chubu service in late-Dec 2020

20.10.2020 JAL Group’s low-cost unit ZIPAIR Tokyo last week commenced passenger operation, operating Tokyo Narita – Seoul Incheon route. Initially the airline offers passenger transport twice weekly (Day 25) from 16OCT20, increasing to 3 weekly from 25OCT20. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner operates this route.

ZG041 NRT0840 – 1115ICN 788 257
ZG042 ICN1240 – 1505NRT 788 257

20.10.2020 ANA earlier this month filed planned International operation, for the period of 25OCT20 – 30NOV20. Planned operation as of 16OCT20 as follows. Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s passenger traffic rights in certain direction.

Tokyo Haneda – Bangkok 7 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Frankfurt 7 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Ho Chi Minh City 4 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Honolulu 787-9 departs HND on 06NOV20, 20NOV20
Tokyo Haneda – Houston 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – London Heathrow 4 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Haneda – Los Angeles 3 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Haneda – Manila 5 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Paris CDG 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Singapore 2 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Sydney 5 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Taipei Song Shan 2 weekly 767
Tokyo Haneda – Vancouver 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Haneda – Washington Dulles 3 weekly 787-9
Tokyo Narita – Bangkok 3 weekly 787-10
Tokyo Narita – Chicago O’Hare 7 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Guangzhou 1 weekly 787-9 (schedule pending)
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 7 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Manila 5 weekly 787-10
Tokyo Narita – Mexico City 6 weekly 787-8
Tokyo Narita – New York JFK 5 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Qingdao 1 weekly 787-9 (schedule pending)
Tokyo Narita – San Francisco 3 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Shanghai Pu Dong 1 weekly 777-300ER
Tokyo Narita – Singapore 3 weekly 787-9

Published on 08.10.2020
Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways cuts domestic flights in November
ZIPAIR Tokyo will start passenger flights to Seoul on 16 October

29.09.2020 ANA today (28SEP20) announced planned operation for November 2020 for International service. Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s passenger traffic rights, on selected routes and direction.

Planned operation for the period of 01OCT20 – 31NOV20 as follows.

Tokyo Haneda – Bangkok 7 weekly
Tokyo Haneda – Frankfurt 7 weekly
Tokyo Haneda – Ho Chi Minh City 2 weekly (4 weekly from 01NOV20)
Tokyo Haneda – Honolulu Service operates on 06NOV20 and 20NOV20 from HND
Tokyo Haneda – Houston 3 weekly
Tokyo Haneda – London Heathrow 3 weekly (4 weekly from 01NOV20)
Tokyo Haneda – Los Angeles 3 weekly
Tokyo Haneda – Manila 3 weekly (5 weekly from 01NOV20)
Tokyo Haneda – Paris CDG 3 weekly
Tokyo Haneda – Singapore 2 weekly
Tokyo Haneda – Sydney 5 weekly
Tokyo Haneda – Taipei Song Shan 2 weekly
Tokyo Haneda – Vancouver 3 weekly
Tokyo Haneda – Washington Dulles 3 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Bangkok 3 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Chicago O’Hare 7 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Guangzhou 1 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Hanoi 2 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Ho Chi Minh City 3 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Hong Kong 1 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Honolulu Service operates on 05OCT20 and 19OCT20 from NRT
Tokyo Narita – Jakarta 4 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Kuala Lumpur 3 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Los Angeles 7 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Manila 5 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Mexico City 6 weekly
Tokyo Narita – New York JFK 5 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Qingdao 1 weekly
Tokyo Narita – San Francisco 3 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Shanghai Pu Dong 1 weekly
Tokyo Narita – Singapore 3 weekly

ANA today (24SEP20) announced service resumption on 2 routes to Mainland China, effective from 30SEP20. Planned operation as follows.

Tokyo Narita – Guangzhou eff 30SEP20 1 weekly 767 (787-9 from 07OCT20)
Tokyo Narita – Qingdao eff 30SEP20 1 weekly 787-9

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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Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or have been in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo Democratic Republic, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chile, Comoros, Congo, 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 (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vatican City (Holy See), Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter.
– 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 visa issued by Japan outside Japan. The date of issue must be later than the date when the country of issue was designated by Japan as an area subject to landing denial (details can be found at http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001332786.pdf ).
– This does not apply to passengers with a single or multiple-entry visa issued on or before 2 April 2020 by Japanese Embassies or Consulates General in Australia, New Zealand and Taipei Kaohsiung offices of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association.

Passengers are not allowed to enter if in the past 14 days they have been to Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chile, Comoros, Congo, 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 (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vatican City (Holy See), Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) antigen, LAMP or RT-PCR test result. The certificate must be in English and the test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure. More details can be found at https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page25e_000334.html .
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), Korea (Rep.), Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam.

Passengers must complete a “Quarantine Questionnaire” at https://arqs-qa.followup.mhlw.go.jp/ and present a QR code upon arrival.

Visas issued on or before 20 March 2020 by a diplomatic representation 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.

Visas issued on or before 27 March 2020 by a diplomatic representation of Japan in Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam are invalidated.

Visas issued with “EX-B” or “EX-R” in the Remarks column by a diplomatic representation of Japan in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Korea (Rep.), Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam are not accepted for entry.

Ban entry for passengers who arrive from or have been in Cruise ship “Westerdam”

Forced isolation
Passengers are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) test upon arrival and quarantine for 14 days; details can be found at https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html .

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Flight Restrictions

published 01.11.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) test.

A completed “Quarantine Questionnaire” must be presented upon arrival.

Visas issued on or before 20 March 2020 by a diplomatic representation 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.

Visas issued on or before 27 March 2020 by a diplomatic representation of Japan in Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam are invalidated.

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or during last 14 days have been in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo Democratic Republic, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chile, Comoros, Congo, 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 (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vatican City (Holy See), Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter.
– 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 visa issued by a Japanese overseas establishment with the date of issue later than the day when the country or region where they are currently staying was designated as an area subject to denial of permission to enter Japan. They must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result. The certificate must be in English and the test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure and the sample collection method must be ‘nasopharyngeal swab’ or ‘saliva’.
– This does not apply to passengers with a visa issued by Japan with “EX-R” or “EX-B” in the Remarks column. They must also have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result. The certificate must be in English and the test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure and the sample collection method must be ‘nasopharyngeal swab’ or ‘saliva’.

Passengers are not allowed to enter if in the past 14 days they have been to Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chile, Comoros, Congo, 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 (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vatican City (Holy See), Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Ban entry for passengers who arrive from or have been in Cruise ship “Westerdam”

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site or self-isolation at designated location- subject to category.

Travellers coming from these countries listed here (see ‘Note 1’ under part 2 of sub-heading ‘3. Quarantine Measures’) are requested to spend 3 days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day. If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below. For India or other countries listed here (see ‘Note 1’ under part 2 of sub-heading ‘3. Quarantine Measures’), the period of self-isolation at a government-provided facility extends to 10 days. COVID-19 tests should be taken on the third, sixth and tenth days. If the tests are negative, travellers will be allowed to finish their 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below.
All passengers arriving in Japan from this list of countries, as well as those countries which were part of individual Business and Residence Tracks until recently, are required to sign a pledge confirming that they will self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or their own home). This pledge will also ask individuals to refrain from using public transport; install Japan’s COVID-19 tracing app; maintain location data for 14 days via their smartphone mapping application; and agree to disclose location data if requested by the quarantine authority.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

All those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before their flight departure time.

Vaccination
COVID-19 Total Vaccination date: 2021-07-20
COVID-19 Total Vaccination: 73970888
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination: 1046847
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %): 58.49
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens): 8277

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

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Full Restrictions

  • Japan Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    159 Countries/Regions subject to denial of permission to enter Japan:
    Asia — Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste.
    North America — Canada, United States of America, Latin America and the Caribbean — Argentine, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago,
    Uruguay, Venezuela.
    Europe — Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican. Middle East — Afghanistan, Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi
    Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.
    Africa — Algeria, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central Africa, Comoros, Cote d’lvoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco,
    Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
    *Entry to Japan: The re-entry into Japan of foreign nationals with status of residence who have stayed in these countries within 14 days prior to the application for landing will be denied, unless there are special exceptional circumstances. Foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan for work or study but do not have existing resident status and who have visited this list of countries in the past 14 days are currently not permitted to enter until further notice, other than in exceptional circumstances. Other entry to Japan on a short-term basis, such as for business, tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied other than in exceptional circumstances. Business Tracks with all countries/regions have also been suspended until further notice. Japan has also introduced caps on the numbers of people able to arrive by plane, and bookings on some routes have therefore been suspended. Check with your airline. Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website,. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information, including if you believe you qualify for exceptional circumstances. Under the Quarantine Act, all those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before their flight departure time. Details of the format are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: You will need to follow appropriate arrival and quarantine rules and provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the 72 hours before your flight departure time. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this re-entry process on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Japan has also introduced caps on the number of people able to arrive by plane, and bookings on some routes have therefore been suspended. You should check with your airline if unsure. Those who do not have a valid re-entry permit will in principle be denied re-entry; please consult the Japanese authorities for advice. 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 test at the airport. You will be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to your accommodation.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers coming from these countries listed here (see ‘Note 1’ under part 2 of sub-heading ‘3. Quarantine Measures’) are requested to spend 3 days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day. If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below. For India or other countries listed here (see ‘Note 1’ under part 2 of sub-heading ‘3. Quarantine Measures’), the period of self-isolation at a government-provided facility extends to 10 days. COVID-19 tests should be taken on the third, sixth and tenth days. If the tests are negative, travellers will be allowed to finish their 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below. All passengers arriving in Japan from this list of countries, as well as those countries which were part of individual Business and Residence Tracks until recently, are required to sign a pledge confirming that they will self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or their own home). This pledge will also ask individuals to refrain from using public transport; install Japan’s COVID-19 tracing app; maintain location data for 14 days via their smartphone mapping application; and agree to disclose location data if requested by the quarantine authority. Failure to comply with these requests could lead to an individual being subject to detention under the Quarantine Act. It could also lead to their name and relevant information related to reducing the spread of infection being released; and for foreign nationals, possible revocation of their status of residence and subsequent deportation. If someone does not wish to sign this pledge, they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days at a place designated by the quarantine authority. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
    More details on Japan’s current quarantine rules are available here. New measures may also be brought in at short notice for travel from other countries.
    *Transiting Japan: The measures listed above do not apply to passengers who are transiting through one Japanese 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 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.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Japan: A State of Emergency is in place in the Tokyo Metropolis and in Okinawa Prefecture until at least 22 August. Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa and Osaka Prefectures also have restrictions in place. Some businesses will be closed; others may continue to operate with reduced hours. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and other basic precautions remain in place. Controls may be further strengthened as necessary. You should follow the instructions of your local authority.
    Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    15.07.2021
  • Japan Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: The re-entry into Japan of foreign nationals with status of residence who have stayed in these countries within 14 days prior to the application for landing will be denied, unless there are special exceptional circumstances. Foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan for work or study but do not have existing resident status and who have visited this list of countries in the past 14 days are currently not permitted to enter until further notice, other than in exceptional circumstances. Other entry to Japan on a short-term basis, such as for business, tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied other than in exceptional circumstances. Business Tracks with all countries/regions have also been suspended until further notice. Japan has also introduced caps on the numbers of people able to arrive by plane, and bookings on some routes have therefore been suspended. Check with your airline. Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website,. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information, including if you believe you qualify for exceptional circumstances. Under the Quarantine Act, all those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before their flight departure time. Details of the format are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: You will need to follow appropriate arrival and quarantine rules and provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the 72 hours before your flight departure time. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this re-entry process on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Japan has also introduced caps on the number of people able to arrive by plane, and bookings on some routes have therefore been suspended. You should check with your airline if unsure. Those who do not have a valid re-entry permit will in principle be denied re-entry; please consult the Japanese authorities for advice. 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 test at the airport. You will be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to your accommodation.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers coming from these countries listed here (see ‘Note 1’ under part 2 of sub-heading ‘3. Quarantine Measures’) are requested to spend 3 days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day. If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below. For India or other countries listed here (see ‘Note 1’ under part 2 of sub-heading ‘3. Quarantine Measures’), the period of self-isolation at a government-provided facility extends to 10 days. COVID-19 tests should be taken on the third, sixth and tenth days. If the tests are negative, travellers will be allowed to finish their 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below. All passengers arriving in Japan from this list of countries, as well as those countries which were part of individual Business and Residence Tracks until recently, are required to sign a pledge confirming that they will self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or their own home). This pledge will also ask individuals to refrain from using public transport; install Japan’s COVID-19 tracing app; maintain location data for 14 days via their smartphone mapping application; and agree to disclose location data if requested by the quarantine authority. Failure to comply with these requests could lead to an individual being subject to detention under the Quarantine Act. It could also lead to their name and relevant information related to reducing the spread of infection being released; and for foreign nationals, possible revocation of their status of residence and subsequent deportation. If someone does not wish to sign this pledge, they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days at a place designated by the quarantine authority. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
    More details on Japan’s current quarantine rules are available here. New measures may also be brought in at short notice for travel from other countries.
    *Transiting Japan: The measures listed above do not apply to passengers who are transiting through one Japanese 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 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.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Japan: A State of Emergency is in place in Okinawa prefecture until 11 July. Other prefectures also have restrictions in place. Some businesses will be closed; others may continue to operate with reduced hours. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and other basic precautions remain in place. Controls may be further strengthened as necessary. You should follow the instructions of your local authority.
    Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures. See Natural disasters for more information on general disaster preparedness in Japan

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    21.06.2021
  • Japan 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter if in the past 14 days they have been in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria,
    Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape
    Verde, Central African Rep., Chile, Comoros, Congo, 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 (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala,
    Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo (Rep.),
    Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico,
    Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian
    Territory, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia,
    Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname,
    Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vatican City
    (Holy See), Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe. -This does not apply to: – nationals of Japan; – spouses or children of nationals of Japan if they can prove it; – passengers with a
    Special Permanent Residence Permit. They must also have a Re-entry Permit or an Embarkation and Disembarkation Card; – residents of Japan with a re-entry permit if they in the past
    14 days have not been in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka; – residents of Japan with a re-entry permit who in the past 14 days have been in
    India, Nepal or Pakistan. They must have the status of “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or “Long Term
    Resident”, and they must have left Japan by 13 May 2021; – residents of Japan with a re-entry permit who in the past 14 days have been in Bangladesh or Maldives. They must have the
    status of “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, and they must have left Japan by 19 May
    2021; – residents of Japan with a re-entry permit who in the past 14 days have been in Sri Lanka. They must have the status of “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of a Japanese
    National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, and they must have left Japan by 20 May 2021; – residents of Japan with a re-entry permit who in the
    past 14 days have been in Afghanistan. They must have the status of “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or
    “Long Term Resident”, and they must have left Japan by 2 June 2021; – passengers with a visa issued by Japan outside Japan. The date of issue must be later than the date when the
    country of issue was designated by Japan as an area subject to landing denial (details can be found at http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/content/001338898.pdf ); – passengers with a
    diplomatic or an official visa issued by Japan; – passengers with a single or multiple-entry visa issued on or before 2 April 2020 by Japanese Embassies or Consulates General in
    Australia, New Zealand and Taipei Kaohsiung offices of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association; – US military personnel; – civilian personnel of the US armed forces in Japan and their
    dependents; – merchant seamen; – passengers with an Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card (OIAC) or Paralympic Identity and Accreditation Card (PIAC). They must also have a
    Written Pledge.

    2. Passengers must complete a “Quarantine Questionnaire” at https://arqs-qa.followup.mhlw.go.jp/ . This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.

    3. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result. Tests accepted are LAMP, NEAR, Next Generation Sequence, quantitative antigen (CLEIA), RT-PCR, Smart Amp, TMA or TRC. The
    test must: – specify that it is based on nasopharyngeal swab or saliva; and – be taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first international embarkation point; and – be in
    English. Details can be found at https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000769032.pdf and https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page25e_000334.html . – This does not apply to: – passengers with a
    diplomatic or an official visa issued by Japan; – US military personnel; – civilian personnel of the US armed forces in Japan and their dependents; – passengers with a consular
    letter specifying why the test could not be taken.

    4. Passengers are subject to COVID-19 test after arrival and quarantine for 14 days; details can be found at https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html .

    5. Visa exemption for passengers with a British passport, Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport, Hong Kong (SAR China) passport and Macao (SAR China)
    passport is suspended.

    6. Visa exemption for nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, 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, New Zealand, 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.

    7. 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.

    8. Visa exemption granted to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card issued by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China),
    Indonesia, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russian Fed., Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam, is suspended.

    9. 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.

    10. Visas issued on or before 8 March 2020 by a diplomatic representation 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 a diplomatic representation 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 a diplomatic representation 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 a diplomatic representation 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.

    15. Visas issued with “EX-B” or “EX-R” in the Remarks column by a diplomatic representation of Japan in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Korea
    (Rep.), Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam are not accepted for entry.

    16. Passengers must install the “MySOS” mobile app.

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    18.06.2021
  • Japan Latest News: Authorities ban flights from 152 countries (News Inernational, 12.05.2021). Third state of emergency extended, expanded; restrictions continue in several prefectures (OSAC, 10.05.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: The re-entry into Japan of foreign nationals with status of residence who have stayed in these countries within 14 days prior to the application for landing will be denied, unless there are special exceptional circumstances.
    Foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan for work or study but do not have existing resident status and who have visited the UK or this list of countries in the past 14 days are currently not permitted to enter until further notice, other than in exceptional circumstances. This guidance also applies to foreign nationals in possession of visas issued under the previous individual and Global Residence Tracks.
    Other entry to Japan on a short-term basis, such as for business, tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied other than in exceptional circumstances. Business Tracks with all countries/regions have also been suspended until further notice. Japan has also introduced caps on the numbers of people able to arrive by plane, and bookings on some routes have therefore been suspended. Check with your airline.
    Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, or via Japan’s Visa Information Hotline on +44 (0)800 041 8412. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information, including if you believe you qualify for exceptional circumstances.
    Under the Quarantine Act, all those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before their flight departure time. Details of the format are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. You should not use the You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Re-entry to Japan: British nationals with Status of Residence in Japan and who leave or have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit are allowed to re-enter Japan. However, you will need to follow appropriate arrival and quarantine rules as set out below, and provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the 72 hours before your flight departure time. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this re-entry process on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and the Ministry of Justice website (in Japanese).

    Japan has also introduced caps on the number of people able to arrive by plane, and bookings on some routes have therefore been suspended. You should check with your airline if unsure. Those who do not have a valid re-entry permit will in principle be denied re-entry; please consult the Japanese authorities for advice.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: 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 test at the airport. You will be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to your accommodation.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers coming from the UK or this list of countries (see ‘Note 1’ under part 2 of sub-heading ‘2. Quarantine Measures’) are requested to spend 3 days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day. If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below.
    All passengers arriving in Japan from this list of countries, as well as those countries which were part of individual Business and Residence Tracks until recently, are required to sign a pledge confirming that they will self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or their own home). This pledge will also ask individuals to refrain from using public transport; install Japan’s COVID-19 tracing app; maintain location data for 14 days via their smartphone mapping application; and agree to disclose location data if requested by the quarantine authority.
    Failure to comply with these requests could lead to an individual being subject to detention under the Quarantine Act. It could also lead to their name and relevant information related to reducing the spread of infection being released; and for foreign nationals, possible revocation of their status of residence and subsequent deportation. If someone does not wish to sign this pledge, they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days at a place designated by the quarantine authority. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
    More details on Japan’s current quarantine rules are available here. New measures may also be brought in at short notice for travel from other countries.
    *Transiting Japan: The measures listed above do not apply to passengers who are transiting through one Japanese 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 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.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Japan: A State of Emergency is in place in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Fukuoka, Hokkaido, Okayama and Hiroshima prefectures until 31 May. Other prefectures also have restrictions in place. Some businesses will be closed; others may continue to operate with reduced hours. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and other basic precautions remain in place. Controls may be further strengthened as necessary. You should follow the instructions of your local authority.
    Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures. See Natural disasters for more information on general disaster preparedness in Japan.

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    20.05.2021
  • Japan Latest News: Authorities ban flights from 152 countries (News Inernational, 12.05.2021). Third state of emergency extended, expanded; restrictions continue in several prefectures (OSAC, 10.05.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: Foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan for work or study but do not have existing resident status and who have visited this list of countries in the past 14 days are currently not permitted to enter until further notice, other than in exceptional circumstances. This guidance also applies to foreign nationals in possession of visas issued under the previous individual and Global Residence Tracks.
    Other entry to Japan on a short-term basis such as for business, tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied other than in exceptional circumstances. Business Tracks with all countires/regions have also been suspended until further notice. Japan has also introduced caps on the numbers of people able to arrive by plane, and bookings on some routes have therefore been suspended. Check with your airline.
    Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website,. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information, including if you believe you qualify for exceptional circumstances.
    Under the Quarantine Act, all those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before their flight departure time. Details of the format are available on theMinistry of Foreign Affairs website.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: 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 test at the airport. You will be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to your accommodation.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers coming from thislist of countries (see ‘Note 1’ under part 2 of sub-heading ‘2. Quarantine Measures’) are requested to spend 3 days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day. If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below.
    All passengers arriving in Japan from this list of countries, as well as those countries which were part of individual Business and Residence Tracks until recently, are required to sign a pledge confirming that they will self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or their own home). This pledge will also ask individuals to refrain from using public transport; install Japan’s COVID-19 tracing app; maintain location data for 14 days via their smartphone mapping application; and agree to disclose location data if requested by the quarantine authority. Failure to comply with these requests could lead to an individual being subject to detention under the Quarantine Act. It could also lead to their name and relevant information related to reducing the spread of infection being released; and for foreign nationals, possible revocation of their status of residence and subsequent deportation. If someone does not wish to sign this pledge, they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days at a place designated by the quarantine authority. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future. As of 14 May, the re-entry into Japan of foreign nationals with status of residence who have stayed in India, Pakistan and Nepal within 14 days prior to the application for landing will be denied, unless there are special exceptional circumstances .
    More details on Japan’s current quarantine rules are available here. New measures may also be brought in at short notice for travel from other countries.
    *Transiting Japan: The measures listed above do not apply to passengers who are transiting through one Japanese 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 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.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Japan: A State of Emergency is in place in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Fukuoka, Hokkaido, Okayama and Hiroshima prefectures until 31 May. Other prefectures also have restrictions in place. Some businesses will be closed; others may continue to operate with reduced hours. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and other basic precautions remain in place. Controls may be further strengthened as necessary. You should follow the instructions of your local authority.
    Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures. See Natural disasters for more information on general disaster preparedness in Japan.

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    17.05.2021
  • Japan Latest News: Authorities ban flights from 152 countries (News Inernational, 12.05.2021). Third state of emergency extended, expanded; restrictions continue in several prefectures (OSAC, 10.05.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: Foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan for work or study but do not have existing resident status and who have visited this list of countries in the past 14 days are currently not permitted to enter until further notice, other than in exceptional circumstances. This guidance also applies to foreign nationals in possession of visas issued under the previous individual and Global Residence Tracks.
    Other entry to Japan on a short-term basis such as for business, tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied other than in exceptional circumstances. Business Tracks with all countires/regions have also been suspended until further notice. Japan has also introduced caps on the numbers of people able to arrive by plane, and bookings on some routes have therefore been suspended. Check with your airline.
    Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website,. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information, including if you believe you qualify for exceptional circumstances.
    Under the Quarantine Act, all those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before their flight departure time. Details of the format are available on theMinistry of Foreign Affairs website.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: 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 test at the airport. You will be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to your accommodation.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers coming from thislist of countries (see ‘Note 1’ under part 2 of sub-heading ‘2. Quarantine Measures’) are requested to spend 3 days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day. If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below.
    All passengers arriving in Japan from this list of countries, as well as those countries which were part of individual Business and Residence Tracks until recently, are required to sign a pledge confirming that they will self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or their own home). This pledge will also ask individuals to refrain from using public transport; install Japan’s COVID-19 tracing app; maintain location data for 14 days via their smartphone mapping application; and agree to disclose location data if requested by the quarantine authority. Failure to comply with these requests could lead to an individual being subject to detention under the Quarantine Act. It could also lead to their name and relevant information related to reducing the spread of infection being released; and for foreign nationals, possible revocation of their status of residence and subsequent deportation. If someone does not wish to sign this pledge, they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days at a place designated by the quarantine authority. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future. As of 14 May, the re-entry into Japan of foreign nationals with status of residence who have stayed in India, Pakistan and Nepal within 14 days prior to the application for landing will be denied, unless there are special exceptional circumstances .
    More details on Japan’s current quarantine rules are available here. New measures may also be brought in at short notice for travel from other countries.
    *Transiting Japan: The measures listed above do not apply to passengers who are transiting through one Japanese 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 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.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Japan: A State of Emergency is in place in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi and Fukuoka prefectures until 31 May. Hokkaido, Okayama, and Hiroshima prefectures will be added to this list from 16 May. Other prefectures also have restrictions in place. Some businesses will be closed; others may continue to operate with reduced hours. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and other basic precautions remain in place. Controls may be further strengthened as necessary. You should follow the instructions of your local authority.

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    14.05.2021
  • Japan Latest News: Third state of emergency extended, expanded; restrictions continue in several prefectures (OSAC, 10.05.2021). Requirements for visitors from multiple countries tightened amid COVID-19 concerns (The Mainichi, 29.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: Foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan for work or study but do not have existing resident status and who have visited the UK or this list of countries in the past 14 days are currently not permitted to enter until further notice, other than in exceptional circumstances. This applies to foreign nationals in possession of visas issued since 1 October under the previous Global Residence Track. It also applies to certain countries that are part of individual Residence Tracks.
    Other entry to Japan on a short-term basis such as for business, tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied other than in exceptional circumstances. Business Tracks with certain countries have also been suspended until further notice. Japan has also introduced caps on the numbers of people able to arrive by plane, and bookings on some routes have therefore been suspended. Check with your airline.
    Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, or via Japan’s Visa Information Hotline on +44 (0)800 041 8412. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information, including if you believe you qualify for exceptional circumstances.
    All those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before their flight departure time. Details of the format are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Re-entry to Japan: Who has the Status of Residence in Japan and who leave or have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit are allowed to re-enter Japan. However, you will need to follow appropriate arrival and quarantine rules as set out below, and provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the 72 hours before your flight departure time. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this re-entry process on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and the Ministry of Justice website (in Japanese).
    Japan has also introduced caps on the number of people able to arrive by plane, and bookings on some routes have therefore been suspended. You should check with your airline if unsure.
    Those who do not have a valid re-entry permit will in principle be denied re-entry; please consult the Japanese authorities for advice.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: 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 test at the airport. You will be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to your accommodation.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers coming from the UK or this list of countries
    (see ‘Note 1’ under part 2 of sub-heading ‘2. Quarantine Measures’) are requested to spend 3 days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day. If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below.
    All passengers arriving in Japan from this list of countries, as well as those countries which were part of individual Business and Residence Tracks until recently, are required to sign a pledge confirming that they will self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or their own home).
    This pledge will also ask individuals to refrain from using public transport; install Japan’s COVID-19 tracing app; maintain location data for 14 days via their smartphone mapping application; and agree to disclose location data if requested by the quarantine authority.
    Failure to comply with these requests could lead to an individual being subject to detention under the Quarantine Act. It could also lead to their name and relevant information related to reducing the spread of infection being released; and for foreign nationals, possible revocation of their status of residence and subsequent deportation.
    If someone does not wish to sign this pledge, they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days at a place designated by the quarantine authority. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
    More details on Japan’s current quarantine rules are available here. New measures may also be brought in at short notice for travel from other countries.
    *Transiting Japan: The measures listed above do not apply to passengers who are transiting through one Japanese 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 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.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Japan: A State of Emergency is in place in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi and Fukuoka prefectures until 31 May. Other prefectures also have restrictions in place. Some businesses will be closed; others may continue to operate with reduced hours. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and other basic precautions remain in place. Controls may be further strengthened as necessary. You should follow the instructions of your local authority.
    Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures. See Natural disasters for more information on general disaster preparedness in Japan.

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    12.05.2021
  • Japan Latest News: Entry rules on COVID-19 test certificates tightened (Xinhua, 20.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: Foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan for work or study but do not have existing resident status and who have visited the UK or this list of countries in the past 14 days are currently not permitted to enter until further notice, other than in exceptional circumstances. This applies to foreign nationals in possession of visas issued since 1 October under the previous Global Residence Track. It also applies to certain countries that are part of individual Residence Tracks.
    Other entry to Japan on a short-term basis such as for business, tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied other than in exceptional circumstances. Business Tracks with certain countries have also been suspended until further notice. Japan has also introduced caps on the numbers of people able to arrive by plane, and bookings on some routes have therefore been suspended. Check with your airline.
    Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, or via Japan’s Visa Information Hotline on +44 (0)800 041 8412. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information, including if you believe you qualify for exceptional circumstances.
    All those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before their flight departure time. Details of the format are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Re-entry to Japan: Who has the Status of Residence in Japan and who leave or have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit are allowed to re-enter Japan. However, you will need to follow appropriate arrival and quarantine rules as set out below, and provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the 72 hours before your flight departure time. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this re-entry process on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and the Ministry of Justice website (in Japanese).
    Japan has also introduced caps on the number of people able to arrive by plane, and bookings on some routes have therefore been suspended. You should check with your airline if unsure.
    Those who do not have a valid re-entry permit will in principle be denied re-entry; please consult the Japanese authorities for advice.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: 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 test at the airport. You will be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to your accommodation.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers coming from the UK or this list of countries
    (see ‘Note 1’ under part 2 of sub-heading ‘2. Quarantine Measures’) are requested to spend 3 days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day. If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below.
    All passengers arriving in Japan from this list of countries, as well as those countries which were part of individual Business and Residence Tracks until recently, are required to sign a pledge confirming that they will self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or their own home).
    This pledge will also ask individuals to refrain from using public transport; install Japan’s COVID-19 tracing app; maintain location data for 14 days via their smartphone mapping application; and agree to disclose location data if requested by the quarantine authority.
    Failure to comply with these requests could lead to an individual being subject to detention under the Quarantine Act. It could also lead to their name and relevant information related to reducing the spread of infection being released; and for foreign nationals, possible revocation of their status of residence and subsequent deportation.
    If someone does not wish to sign this pledge, they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days at a place designated by the quarantine authority. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
    More details on Japan’s current quarantine rules are available here. New measures may also be brought in at short notice for travel from other countries.
    *Transiting Japan: The measures listed above do not apply to passengers who are transiting through one Japanese 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 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Japan: The Government of Japan has imposed a State of Emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures from 25 April to 11 May. Some businesses will be closed; others may continue to operate with reduced hours. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and other basic precautions remain in place. Controls may be further strengthened as necessary. You should follow the instructions of your local authority.
    Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures. See Natural disasters for more information on general disaster preparedness in Japan.

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    23.04.2021
  • Japan Latest News: state of emergency declaration lifted, travel restrictions continue in country (OSAC, 23.03.2021). Airlines partly suspend bookings on flights from abroad after government’s request to limit number of inbound passengers (Kyiodo News, 10.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: Foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan for work or study but do not have existing resident status and who have visited the UK or this list of countries in the past 14 days are currently not permitted to enter until further notice, other than in exceptional circumstances. This applies to foreign nationals in possession of visas issued since 1 October under the previous Global Residence Track. It also applies to certain countries that are part of individual Residence Tracks.
    Other entry to Japan on a short-term basis such as for business, tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied other than in exceptional circumstances. Business Tracks with certain countries have also been suspended until further notice. Japan has also introduced caps on the numbers of people able to arrive by plane, and bookings on some routes have therefore been suspended. Check with your airline.
    Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, or via Japan’s Visa Information Hotline on +44 (0)800 041 8412. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information, including if you believe you qualify for exceptional circumstances.
    All those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before their flight departure time. Details of the format are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Re-entry to Japan: Who has the Status of Residence in Japan and who leave or have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit are allowed to re-enter Japan. However, you will need to follow appropriate arrival and quarantine rules as set out below, and provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the 72 hours before your flight departure time. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this re-entry process on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and the Ministry of Justice website (in Japanese).
    Japan has also introduced caps on the number of people able to arrive by plane, and bookings on some routes have therefore been suspended. You should check with your airline if unsure.
    Those who do not have a valid re-entry permit will in principle be denied re-entry; please consult the Japanese authorities for advice.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: 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 test at the airport. You will be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to your accommodation.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers coming from the UK or this list of countries
    (see ‘Note 1’ under part 2 of sub-heading ‘2. Quarantine Measures’) are requested to spend 3 days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day. If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below.
    All passengers arriving in Japan from this list of countries, as well as those countries which were part of individual Business and Residence Tracks until recently, are required to sign a pledge confirming that they will self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or their own home).
    This pledge will also ask individuals to refrain from using public transport; install Japan’s COVID-19 tracing app; maintain location data for 14 days via their smartphone mapping application; and agree to disclose location data if requested by the quarantine authority.
    Failure to comply with these requests could lead to an individual being subject to detention under the Quarantine Act. It could also lead to their name and relevant information related to reducing the spread of infection being released; and for foreign nationals, possible revocation of their status of residence and subsequent deportation.
    If someone does not wish to sign this pledge, they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days at a place designated by the quarantine authority. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
    More details on Japan’s current quarantine rules are available here. New measures may also be brought in at short notice for travel from other countries.
    *Transiting Japan: The measures listed above do not apply to passengers who are transiting through one Japanese 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 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Japan: The Government of Japan has now lifted its State of Emergency in all prefectures. Some businesses may continue to operate with reduced hours. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and other basic precautions remain in place. Controls may be further strengthened as necessary. You should follow the instructions of your local authority.
    Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    24.03.2021
  • Japan A decision has been made to bar overseas spectators from the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer due partly to the unpredictability of coronavirus variants.

    A five-way meeting on Saturday brought together members of the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Tokyo Games organizing committee, the Japanese government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

    The Japanese side said it would be difficult to allow overseas spectators into the country under the circumstances.

    The IOC and the IPC said they respect and accept Japan’s decision.

    The Tokyo Games organizing committeechief,Hashimoto Seiko said, “countries around the world, including Japan, are strictly restricting cross-border travel. The current situation makes it difficult to guarantee free entry into Japan from abroad this summer.”
    NHK News

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    22.03.2021
  • Japan Latest News: Travel restrictions will remain in place until at least 7 March following state of emergency extension (TimeOut London, 04.03.2021). Government will end state of emergency in five prefectures west of Tokyo at end of February (Reuters, 24.02.2021). East Japan Railway resumes high-speed train services on Tohoku Shinkansen line between Sendai and Ichinoseki (NHK WN, 22.02.2021). European Union governments plan to ban travelers from Japan because of COVID-19 outbreak (Reuters, 26.01.2021). Borders expected to remain closed through most of 2021 (Japan, Times, 26.01.2021). Government expands state of emergency to seven more prefectures, suspends entry-ban exemption for international business travelers (Reuters, 13.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: Foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan for work or study and who have visited the UK orthis list of countries in the past 14 days are currently not permitted to enter until further notice. This applies to foreign nationals in possession of visas issued since 1 October under the previous Global Residence Track. It also applies tocertain countries that are part of individual Residence Tracks. Other entry to visit Japan on a short-term basis, such as for business, tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to the UK orthis list of countries in the last 14 days, other than in exceptional circumstances. Business Tracks with certain countries have also been suspended until further notice. Further details are available on theMinistry of Foreign Affairs website, or via Japan’s Visa Information Hotline on +44 (0)800 041 8412. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information. All those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before their flight departure time. Details of the format are available on theMinistry of Foreign Affairs website.
    *Re-entry to Japan: British nationals with Status of Residence in Japan and who leave or have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit are allowed to re-enter Japan. However, you will need to follow appropriate arrival and quarantine rules as set out below, and provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the 72 hours before your flight departure time. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this re-entry process on theMinistry of Foreign Affairs website and theMinistry of Justice website (in Japanese).
    Those who do not have a valid re-entry permit will in principle be denied re-entry even in the above cases.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: 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 test at the airport. You will be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to your accommodation.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers from thislist of countries (see ‘Note 1’ under part 2 of sub-heading ‘2. Quarantine Measures’) are requested to spend 3 days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day. If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below. All passengers arriving in Japan fromthis list of countries, as well asthose countries which were part of individual Business and Residence Tracks until recently, are required to sign a pledge confirming that they will self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or their own home). This pledge will also ask individuals to refrain from using public transport; install Japan’s COVID-19 tracing app; maintain location data for 14 days via their smartphone mapping application; and agree to disclose location data if requested by the quarantine authority. Failure to comply with these requests could lead to an individual being subject to detention under the Quarantine Act. It could also lead to their name and relevant information related to reducing the spread of infection being released; and for foreign nationals, possible revocation of their status of residence and subsequent deportation. If someone does not wish to sign this pledge, they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days at a place designated by the quarantine authority. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
    More details on Japan’s current quarantine rules are availablehere. New measures may also be brought in at short notice for travel from other countries.
    *Transiting Japan: The measures listed above do not apply to passengers who are transiting through one Japanese 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 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Japan: The Government of Japan has extended a State of Emergency to last until 21 March in Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures. The majority of businesses are likely to remain open, even if with reduced hours. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and other basic precautions remain in place. Controls may be further strengthened as necessary. You should follow the instructions of your local authority. Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    05.03.2021
  • Japan Latest News: European Union governments plan to ban travelers from Japan because of COVID-19 outbreak (Reuters, 26.01.2021) Borders expected to remain closed through most of 2021 (Japan, Times, 26.01.2021). Government expands state of emergency to seven more prefectures, suspends entry-ban exemption for international business travelers (Reuters, 13.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: Foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan for work or study and who have visited the UK or this list of countries
    in the past 14 days are currently not permitted to enter until further notice. This applies to foreign nationals in possession of visas issued since 1 October under the previous Global Residence Track. It also applies to certain countries that are part of individual Residence Tracks.
    Other entry to visit Japan on a short-term basis, such as for business, tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to the UK or this list of countries in the last 14 days, other than in exceptional circumstances. Business Tracks with certain countries have also been suspended until further notice.
    Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, or via Japan’s Visa Information Hotline on +44 (0)800 041 8412. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information. All those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before their flight departure time. Details of the format are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Re-entry to Japan: Those who leave or have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit are allowed to re-enter Japan. However, you will need to follow appropriate arrival and quarantine rules as set out below, and provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the 72 hours before your flight departure time. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this re-entry process on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and the Ministry of Justice website (in Japanese).
    Those who do not have a valid re-entry permit will in principle be denied re-entry even in the above cases.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Japan: The Government of Japan has extended a State of Emergency to last until 7 March in Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu and Fukuoka prefectures. The majority of businesses are likely to remain open, even if with reduced hours. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and other basic precautions remain in place. Controls may be further strengthened as necessary. You should follow the instructions of your local authority.
    Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures. See Natural disasters for more information on general disaster preparedness in Japan.

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    15.02.2021
  • Japan Latest News: European Union governments plan to ban travelers from Japan because of COVID-19 outbreak (Reuters, 26.01.2021) Borders expected to remain closed through most of 2021 (Japan, Times, 26.01.2021). Government expands state of emergency to seven more prefectures, suspends entry-ban exemption for international business travelers (Reuters, 13.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: Foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan for work or study and who have visited the UK or this list of countries
    in the past 14 days are currently not permitted to enter until further notice. This applies to foreign nationals in possession of visas issued since 1 October under the previous Global Residence Track. It also applies to certain countries that are part of individual Residence Tracks.
    Other entry to visit Japan on a short-term basis, such as for business, tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to the UK or this list of countries in the last 14 days, other than in exceptional circumstances. Business Tracks with certain countries have also been suspended until further notice.
    Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, or via Japan’s Visa Information Hotline on +44 (0)800 041 8412. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information. All those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before their flight departure time. Details of the format are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Re-entry to Japan: Those who leave or have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit are allowed to re-enter Japan. However, you will need to follow appropriate arrival and quarantine rules as set out below, and provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the 72 hours before your flight departure time. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this re-entry process on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and the Ministry of Justice website (in Japanese).
    Those who do not have a valid re-entry permit will in principle be denied re-entry even in the above cases.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Japan: The Government of Japan has extended a State of Emergency to last until 7 March in Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu and Fukuoka prefectures. The majority of businesses are likely to remain open, even if with reduced hours. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and other basic precautions remain in place. Controls may be further strengthened as necessary. You should follow the instructions of your local authority.
    Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures. See Natural disasters

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    03.02.2021
  • Japan The European Union said Thursday it has decided to reinstate a travel ban from Japan as the country struggles to cope with a surge of novel coronavirus cases, having declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas.

    The EU maintains a list of countries that are exempted from its ban on nonessential travel to the economic bloc. In light of the latest developments, it has removed Japan from the list.

    The latest EU decision is likely to prompt airline companies operating Europe-bound routes from Japan to review their flight plans, although it will remain up to each member country in the EU to decide whether to implement the ban and how to handle enforcement.

    While the pandemic situation in Japan is less severe than in some hard-hit countries such as the United States and several nations in Western Europe, it is one of the most affected countries in East and Southeast Asia, with over 380,000 infection cases and 5,500 deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

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    29.01.2021
  • Japan Latest News: Government expands state of emergency to seven more prefectures, suspends entry-ban exemption for international business travelers (Reuters, 13.01.2021). Government suspends entry of non-resident foreigners because of new virus strain concerns; a few exemptions reported (Xinhua , 28.12.2020). Government will ban all new entries of foreign nationals from 28 December to end of January (Reuters, 26.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: Foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan for work or study and who have visited this list of countries in the past 14 days are currently not permitted to enter until at least 7 February 2021. This applies to foreign nationals in possession of visas issued since 1 October under the previous Global Residence Track. It also applies to certain countries that are part of individual Residence Tracks, unless you are due to arrive in Japan before 21 January and have not visited the UK or South Africa in the past 14 days. Other entry to visit Japan on a short-term basis, such as for business, tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to this list of countries in the last 14 days, other than in exceptional circumstances. Business Tracks with certain countries have also been suspended until at least 7 February 2021, although those with visas will still be able to arrive before 21 January, provided they have not visited the UK or South Africa in the past 14 days. Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website . Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information. All those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before their flight departure time. Details of the format are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
    *Re-entry to Japan: British nationals with Status of Residence in Japan and who leave or have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit are allowed to re-enter Japan. However, you will need to follow appropriate arrival and quarantine rules as set out below, and provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the 72 hours before your flight departure time. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this re-entry process on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and the Ministry of Justice website (in Japanese). Those who do not have a valid re-entry permit will in principle be denied re-entry even in the above cases.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: 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 test at the airport. You will be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to your accommodation.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers coming from the UK or South Africa are requested to spend 3 days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day. If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below. All passengers arriving in Japan from this list of countries , as well as those countries which were part of individual Business and Residence Tracks until recently, are required to sign a pledge confirming that they will self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or their own home). This pledge will also ask individuals to refrain from using public transport; install Japan’s COVID-19 tracing app; maintain location data for 14 days via their dmartphone mapping application; and agree to disclose location data if requested by the quarantine authority. Failure to comply with these requests could lead to an individual being subject to detention under the Quarantine Act. It could also lead to their name and relevant information related to reducing the spread of infection being released; and for foreign nationals, possible revocation of their status of residence and subsequent deportation. If someone does not wish to sign this pledge, they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days at a place designated by the quarantine authority. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future. More details on Japan’s current quarantine rules are available here. New measures may also be brought in at short notice for travel from other countries.
    *Transiting Japan: The measures listed above do not apply to passengers who are transiting through one Japanese 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 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Japan: The Government of Japan has declared a State of Emergency to last until 7 February in Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba, Tochigi, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu and Fukuoka prefectures. The majority of businesses are likely to remain open, even if with reduced hours. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and other basic precautions remain in place. Controls may be further strengthened as necessary. You should follow the instructions of your local authority. Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    25.01.2021
  • Japan Latest News: Government expands state of emergency to seven more prefectures, suspends entry-ban exemption for international business travelers (Reuters, 13.01.2021). Government suspends entry of non-resident foreigners because of new virus strain concerns; a few exemptions reported (Xinhua , 28.12.2020). Government will ban all new entries of foreign nationals from 28 December to end of January (Reuters, 26.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: Foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan for work or study and who have visited this list of countries (including the UK) in the past 14 days are currently not permitted to enter until at least the end of January. This also applies to foreign nationals in possession of visas issued since 1 October under the previous Global Residence Track, and to those countries that were until recently part of the Residence Track. Other entry to visit Japan on a short-term basis, such as for business, tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to this list of countries (including the UK) in the last 14 days, other than in exceptional circumstances. Business Tracks with a handful of countries have also been suspended.
    Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, or via Japan’s Visa Information Hotline on +44 (0)800 041 8412. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information.
    All those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before their flight departure time. Details of the format are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
    *Re-entry to Japan: Foreign nationals with Status of Residence in Japan and who leave or have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit are allowed to re-enter Japan. However, you will need to follow appropriate arrival and quarantine rules as set out below, and provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before/prior to your flight departure time. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this re-entry process on the here and the Ministry of Justice website (in Japanese).
    Those who do not have a valid re-entry permit will in principle be denied re-entry even in the above cases.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: 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 test at the airport. You will be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to your accommodation.
    *Quarantine requirements: Travellers coming from the UK or South Africa are requested to spend 3 days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day. If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below.
    All passengers arriving in Japan from this list of countries, including countries where business tracks had been in place until recently, are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or their own home) and to avoid using public transport, including on leaving the airport. They will also be asked to comply with health monitoring procedures and install Japan’s COVID-19 tracing app and maintain location data for 14 days via their smartphone mapping application. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future. More details on Japan’s current quarantine rules are available here. New measures may also be brought in at short notice for travel from other countries.
    *Transiting Japan: The measures listed above do not apply to passengers who are transiting through one Japanese 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 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Japan: The Government of Japan has declared a State of Emergency to last until 7 February in Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba, Tochigi, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu and Fukuoka prefectures. The majority of businesses are likely to remain open, even if with reduced hours. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and other basic precautions remain in place. Controls may be further strengthened as necessary. You should follow the instructions of your local authority. Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    13.01.2021
  • Japan Latest News: Government suspends entry of non-resident foreigners because of new virus strain concerns; a few exemptions reported (Xinhua , 28.12.2020). Government will ban all new entries of foreign nationals from 28 December to end of January (Reuters, 26.12.2020). Japanese government will tighten border controls on arrivals from U.K.; tourists remain barred from entering country (Xinhua, 23.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: From 24 December, for travel from the United Kingdom, and from 28 December for travel from elsewhere, new entry to Japan by foreign nationals will not be permitted. This also applies to foreign nationals in possession of visas issued since 1 October under the previous Global Residence Track. Non-Japanese nationals who do arrive will need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of their flight departure time if they have visited the UK or this list of countries in the last 14 days. Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, or via Japan’s Visa Information Hotline on +44 (0)800 041 8412. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information. Other entry to visit Japan on a short-term basis, such as for tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to the UK or this list of countries 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 with your nearest Japanese Embassy for any other exceptions to enter Japan, including for humanitarian reasons.
    *Transiting Japan: 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.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: 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.
    *Quarantine requirements: From 24 December for travel to the UK, and from 28 December for travel to all other countries, British nationals with Status of Residence in Japan who leave Japan for short-term business travel will no longer be eligible for relaxation of quarantine measures (see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announcement in Japanese). From 26 December, travellers coming from the UK will be requested to spend 3 days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further screening test on the third day (see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announcement in Japanese.) If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below. 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, including on leaving the airport. They will also be asked to comply with health monitoring procedures and install Japan’s Covid-19 tracing app and maintain location data for 14 days via their smartphone mapping application. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future. New measures may also be brought in at short notice for travel from other countries: you should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website in Japanese.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Japan: The Government of Japan has declared a State of Emergency from 8 January to 7 February in Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures. The majority of businesses are likely to remain open, even if with reduced hours. Measures encouraging social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding closed spaces, and exercising other basic precautions remain in place. Controls may be further strengthened as necessary. You should follow the instructions of your local authority. Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    07.01.2021
  • Japan Latest News: Government will ban all new entries of foreign nationals from 28 December to end of January (Reuters, 26.12.2020). Japanese government will tighten border controls on arrivals from U.K.; tourists remain barred from entering country (Xinhua, 23.12.2020). Government to suspend travel campaign to Osaka, Sapporo amid COVID-19 concerns (Reuters, 23.11.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: From 24 December, for travel from the United Kingdom, and from 28 December for travel from elsewhere, new entry to Japan by foreign nationals will not be permitted. This also applies to foreign nationals in possession of visas issued since 1 October under the previous Global Residence Track. Non-Japanese nationals who do arrive will need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of their flight departure time if they have visited the UK or this list of countries in the last 14 days. Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, or via Japan’s Visa Information Hotline on +44 (0)800 041 8412. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information. Other entry to visit Japan on a short-term basis, such as for tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to the UK or this list of countries 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 with your nearest Japanese Embassy for any other exceptions to enter Japan, including for humanitarian reasons.
    *Transiting Japan: 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.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: 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.
    *Quarantine requirements: From 24 December for travel to the UK, and from 28 December for travel to all other countries, British nationals with Status of Residence in Japan who leave Japan for short-term business travel will no longer be eligible for relaxation of quarantine measures (see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announcement in Japanese). From 26 December, travellers coming from the UK will be requested to spend 3 days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further screening test on the third day (see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announcement in Japanese.) If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation as set out below. 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, including on leaving the airport. They will also be asked to comply with health monitoring procedures and install Japan’s Covid-19 tracing app and maintain location data for 14 days via their smartphone mapping application. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future. New measures may also be brought in at short notice for travel from other countries: you should check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website in Japanese.

    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. Controls may also be strengthened in the event of renewed outbreaks. You should follow the instructions of your local authority here. Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    26.12.2020
  • Japan Latest News: Japanese government will tighten border controls on arrivals from U.K.; tourists remain barred from entering country (Xinhua, 23.12.2020). Government to suspend travel campaign to Osaka, Sapporo amid COVID-19 concerns (Reuters, 23.11.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: From 24 December, new entry to Japan by foreign nationals coming from the United Kingdom will not be permitted. This also applies to foreign nationals in possession of visas issued since 1 October under the previous Global Residence Track.
    From 1 October, non-Japanese nationals coming from places other than the UK who need to move to Japan to study, work or join family may be able to do so, subject to necessary visa requirements. Non-Japanese nationals coming from places other than the UK and wishing to visit for short-term business purposes may also be permitted to enter, provided that they have a visa. However, the number of people permitted to enter Japan under these rules will be restricted, with priority given to those moving to Japan. You should confirm eligibility with your nearest Japanese Embassy.
    Non-Japanese nationals who do arrive will need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of their flight departure time if they have visited the UK or this list of countries in the last 14 days. You will also need to provide written assurance from your company or sponsor that quarantine measures will be followed upon arrival (see below). Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, or via Japan’s Visa Information Hotline on +44 (0)800 041 8412. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information.
    Other entry to visit Japan on a short-term basis, such as for tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to the UK or this list of countries 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 with your nearest Japanese Embassy for any other exceptions to enter Japan, including for humanitarian reasons.
    *Re-entry to Japan: British nationals with Status of Residence in Japan and who leave or have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit are allowed to re-enter Japan.
    From 24 December, those leaving Japan for Short-Term Business Trips to the UK will no longer be eligible for the relaxation of quarantine measures (see below). All travellers will still need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of your flight departure time. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this re-entry process on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and the Ministry of Justice website (in Japanese).
    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 your re-entry eligibility and COVID-19 testing requirements, including the certificate that you need, with the consular section of your nearest Japanese Embassy if you are in a third country. If you’re in Japan, contact the Immigration Services Agency on +81 570 013 904 or +81 357 967 112.
    *Transiting Japan: 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.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: 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.
    *Quarantine requirements: From 24 December, British nationals with Status of Residence in Japan who leave Japan for short-term business travel to the UK will no longer be eligible for relaxation of quarantine measures. They, and all other 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, including on leaving the airport. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future. Travellers coming from the UK will be asked to install Japan’s Covid-19 tracing app and maintain location data for 14 days via their smartphone mapping application. British nationals who are coming from elsewhere and have Status of Residence in Japan; and who leave Japan for short-term business travel should check with their nearest Japanese Embassy for eligibility for exemption. If eligible, they would only be exempted from self-isolation requirements on return, provided they meet certain conditions. These include the length of time overseas being 7 days or less (plus any additional quarantine time required by host governments); avoiding public transport for 14 days on return; and keeping track of their schedule of activities in Japan. You will also need to be sponsored by a company or organisation that can commit to conducting health follow ups. You can find details of these conditions and measures on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.

    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. Controls may also be strengthened in the event of renewed outbreaks. You should follow the instructions of your local authority here. Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    23.12.2020
  • Japan Latest News: Japan relaxes travel restrictions for travelers from Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, New Zealand, Brunei, Vietnam, China, South Korea and Australia (Reuters, 29.10.2020). Japanese visitors to Hawaii who test negative for COVID-19 allowed to bypass two-week quarantine (AP, 27.10.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan: From 1 October, non-Japanese nationals who need to move to Japan to study, work or join family should be able to do so, subject to necessary visa requirements. Non-Japanese nationals wishing to visit for short-term business purposes are also permitted to enter, provided that they have a visa. However, the number of people permitted to enter Japan under these rules will be restricted, with priority given to those moving to Japan. Non-Japanese nationals arriving will need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of their flight departure time if they have visited this list of countries in the last 14 days. You will also need to provide written assurance from your company or sponsor that quarantine measures will be followed upon arrival (see below). Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, Japanese Embassy for more information. Other entry to visit Japan on a short-term basis, such as for tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to this list of countries 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 with your nearest Japanese Embassy for any other exceptions to enter Japan, including for humanitarian reasons.
    *Re-entry to Japan: British nationals with Status of Residence in Japan and who leave or have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit are allowed to re-enter Japan. From 1 November, you will no longer need to apply to the Immigration Services Agency before departure or receive a “Re-entry Confirmation Letter”, as explained on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. However, you will still need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of your flight departure time. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this re-entry process on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and the Ministry of Justice website (in Japanese). 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 your re-entry eligibility and COVID-19 testing requirements, including the certificate that you need, with your nearest Japanese Embassy. If you’re in Japan, contact the Immigration Services Agency on +81 570 013 904 or +81 357 967 112.
    *Visas: Japan has suspended its visa waiver system with no indication of when this suspension will be lifted. Japan has also suspended single and multiple entry visas issued by Japanese Embassies and Consulates Generals prior to 20 March; the full list can be found on the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website. Anyone arriving in Japan without a valid visa will not be able to enter. If you are already in Japan and your visa expired before the end of July 2020, Japan’s Immigration Service Agency has introduced a three-month grace period for renewing an expired visa without penalty. This includes short-term tourist visas, subject to proof that you were not able to easily leave Japan for COVID-19 related reasons. The three-month period starts from the date the visa expires – you must visit an immigration centre to renew your visa during this time. You will need to present a valid visa when leaving Japan. Visas expiring after 1 August must be renewed using the normal process – you should contact the Immigration Services Agency.
    *Transiting Japan: 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.
    *Testing/screening on arrival: 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.
    *Quarantine requirements: Foreign nationals with Status of Residence in Japan who leave Japan for short-term business travel only will be exempted from self-isolation requirements on return, provided they meet certain conditions. These include the length of time overseas being 7 days or less (plus any additional quarantine time required by host governments); avoiding public transport for 14 days on return; and keeping track of their schedule of activities in Japan. You will also need to be sponsored by a company or organisation that can commit to conducting health follow ups. You can find details of these conditions and measures on the Japanese Government’s Coronavirus Headquarters website (Japanese only). All other 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, including on leaving the airport. These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

    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. Controls may also be strengthened in the event of renewed outbreaks. You should follow the instructions of your local authority here. Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    02.11.2020
  • Japan Latest News: Japan to lift COVID-19 travel ban on 12 countries- including Australia, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam (Reuters, 07.10.2020) . Entry restrictions eased for foreign visitors starting 1 October (Kyodo News, 25.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan:
    From 1 October, non-Japanese nationals who need to move to Japan to study, work or join family should be able to do so, subject to necessary visa requirements. Non-Japanese nationals wishing to visit for short-term business purposes are also permitted to enter, provided that they have a visa. However, the number of people permitted to enter Japan under these rules will be restricted, with priority given to those moving to Japan. Non-Japanese nationals arriving will need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of their flight departure time if they have visited this list of countries in the last 14 days. They will also need to provide written assurance from their company or sponsor that quarantine measures will be followed upon arrival (see below). Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, or via Japan’s Visa Information Hotline on +44 (0)800 041 8412. Alternatively, contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information.
    Other entry to visit Japan on a short-term basis, such as for tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to this list of countries 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 with your nearest Japanese Embassy for any other exceptions to enter Japan, including for humanitarian reasons.
    *Re-entry to Japan:
    Foreign nationals with Status of Residence in Japan and who leave or have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit are now allowed to re-enter Japan.
    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. 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 ; 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 your re-entry eligibility and Covid-19 testing requirements, including the certificate that you need, with the consular section of your nearest Japanese Embassy.

    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. Controls may also be strengthened in the event of renewed outbreaks. You should follow the instructions of your local authority here. Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    20.10.2020
  • Japan Latest News: Japan plans to remove ban on overseas travel for about 10 countries (these will include Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam or those with a low number of new coronavirus infections) from October (Reuters, 28.09.2020). Entry restrictions eased for foreign visitors starting 1 October (Kyodo News, 25.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Japan:
    From 1 October, non-Japanese nationals who need to move to Japan to study, work or join family should be able to do so, subject to necessary visa requirements. Non-Japanese nationals wishing to visit for short-term business purposes are also permitted to enter, provided that they have a visa. However, the number of people permitted to enter Japan under these rules will be restricted, with priority given to those moving to Japan. All those arriving will need to provide written evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of their flight departure time subject to the ( country of departure ) in the last 14 days. They will also need to provide written assurance from their company or sponsor that quarantine measures will be followed upon arrival (see below). Further details are available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website , or via your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information.
    Other entry to visit Japan on a short-term basis, such as for tourism or to visit family, continues to be denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to the UK or this list of countries 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 with your nearest Japanese Embassy for any other exceptions to enter Japan, including for humanitarian reasons.
    *Re-entry to Japan:
    British nationals with Status of Residence in Japan and who leave or have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit are now allowed to re-enter Japan.
    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. 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 ; 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 your re-entry eligibility and Covid-19 testing requirements, including the certificate that you need, with the consular section of your nearest Japanese Embassy.

    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. Controls may also be strengthened in the event of renewed outbreaks. You should follow the instructions of your local authority here. Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    01.10.2020
  • Japan Latest News: Japan plans to remove ban on overseas travel for about 10 countries (these will include Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam or those with a low number of new coronavirus infections) from October (Reuters, 28.09.2020). Entry restrictions eased for foreign visitors starting 1 October (Kyodo News, 25.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    From 1 October, non-Japanese nationals who need to move to Japan to study, work or join family should be able to do so, subject to necessary visa requirements. However, the number of people permitted to enter Japan on this ‘residence track’ will be restricted. Those arriving will need to provide written evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of their flight departure time if they have visited a country in this list in the last 14 days. They will also need to provide written assurance from their company or sponsor that quarantine measures will be followed upon arrival.
    Other entry to visit Japan on a short-term basis continues to be denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to this list of countries 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.
    Travellers with Status of Residence in Japan and who leave or have left Japan with a valid re-entry permit are now allowed to re-enter Japan. You should check the Japanese government’s advice on this re-entry process on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

    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.

    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. Controls may also be strengthened in the event of renewed outbreaks. You should follow the instructions of your local authority here. Local authorities may also put in place special measures for natural disaster response, including additional evacuation locations and medical procedures.

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    28.09.2020
  • 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:
    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.

    *****

    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.

    *****

    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
  • Source US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    OSAC Travel Advisory/
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs/
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