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Who Can Travel to Japan & What’s Required? May 2022

Who Can Travel to Japan & What’s Required? May 2022

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The following page provides information for foreign-nationals looking to travel to Japan including who can travel, quarantine requirements and other useful information. On this page you will find the following information:

1 / Latest News & Updates

2 / Is the Border Open & Can I Travel to Japan?

3 / Will I be Granted a Visa for Japan?

4 / Do I Need to be Vaccinated to Enter Japan?

5 / Will I be Quarantined In Japan?

6 / Entry to Japan via the ‘Residence Track’

7 / Entry to Japan via the ‘Business Track’

8 / Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccination Passport

9 / Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program

10 / Plan Your Visit to Japan

11 / Timeline of Entry Requirements

This page is one of several pages we provide to keep you up-to-date with the situation in Japan and is intended to be read in combination with our ‘Traveling to/from Japan During COVD-19’ page.

Japan’s border remains closed to tourism however as of April 2022, restrictions have been eased to to allow travel for short-term business travelers and long-terms visitors with temporary residence visas, such as international students enrolled with a Japanese institution. We hope that an announcement to this effect will occur soon with travel for tourism purposes to follow later in the year. As such, it’s a good time to planning your next visit to Japan – see ‘Plan Your Visit to Japan’ below for to anything you need to know about traveling here and what’s on offer once here. We hope it won’t be too long before we’re welcoming old friends and new back to Japan.  

1 / LATEST NEWS & UPDATES


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The following recent developments may be of interest:

May 12 2022: the government looks set to increase the cap on daily arrivals to Japan from the current level of 10,000 to 20,000 in June. The increase comes as the government is also considering a trial period of small tour groups from abroad, to test Japan’s readiness to open its border. A further increase of daily arrivals would be continuation of a positive trend that has seen it raised from 3,500 in November to 5,000 and then 7,000 in March and the current limit of 10,000 in April.

May 9 2022: the government is considering opening the border to tour groups as early as the end of May, on a ‘trial basis’ as it looks toward a complete opening to inbound tourism later in the year. The report follows-on for Prime Minister Kishida’s recent comments that the government is looking to open the border in stages, in consultation with public health experts. Under this plan, tour groups will be limited in size with their movements monitored in order to assess the feasibility of a full opening and response measures should a COVID-19 case be reported within those travelers.

May 6 2022: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has stated that Japan will ease its border controls in June. Kishida did not provide details of exactly how and when this will happen however it’s a meaningful development on the back of recent increases in daily arrivals and permission for international students and short-term business visitors to enter.

April 11 2022: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has stated that Japan does not have any plan to open the border to tourists at this time. COVID-19 infections again continue to increase in many regions of the country, including Tokyo, with another wave potentially underway. On Friday, approximately 52,000 new cases were reported around Japan – the fourteenth day in a row that the daily total was increased over the week before. Some of the largest increases have been experienced in regional areas such as Miyazaki and Oita in the south and Akita and Iwate in the north.

April 7 2022: Japan has announced that it will ‘lift the entry ban on 106 countries’ from tomorrow onward. This has led to some confusion as to who can now travel, with some mistaking the decision to mean that anyone from those 106 countries could now enter Japan for any reason. This is not correct. The lifting of the ban makes it possible for nationals of those countries to apply for and be granted a visa, and then travel to Japan however the purpose of that travel remains the crucial point. Persons applying to travel to Japan for tourism purposes will still not be granted a visa and cannot enter at this time. While this is a positive step toward a full opening of the border, there remains no official announcement as to when travel for tourism purposes will be allowed.

April 4 2022: Japan will increase the daily cap on overseas arrivals to 10,000 travelers per day as of April 10. Foreign students enrolled with a Japanese institution continue to have priority along with Japanese citizens, foreign residents of Japan and some short-term business travelers.

For a complete timeline of major announcements during COVID-19, see our ‘Timeline of Entry Requirements’ below or to start planning you visit, see ‘Plan Your Visit to Japan’ below.

2 / IS THE BORDER OPEN & CAN I TRAVEL TO JAPAN?


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As of April 2022, Japan’s border is open to a limited group of travellers. If you are a Japanese citizen, permanent resident or temporary resident including spouses and children of Japanese citizens who hold long-term visas, international students enrolled at a Japanese instution and some short-term business travelers, you are able to travel to and enter Japan. Other people with ‘exceptional circumstances’ can also enter Japan however who and what qualifies under this cannot be defined here as it’s solely at the discretion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ban preventing most foreign passport-holders from entering Japan was lifted on April 8th 2022 meaning that most foreign travellers are now able to enter the country however whether you will be granted a visa allowing you to travel, and whether you would need to quarantine upon arrival are separate questions – see below for further information. As of April 2022, only persons originating from these countries are unable to enter Japan:

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

Europe: Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Kyrgyz, Moldova, Russia, Slovakia & Ukraine

Latin America & Caribbean: Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines & Saint Lucia

Middle East: Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon & Palestine

Unless you are originating from one of those countries you are now elibiible to enter Japan, whether you will be granted visa and/orneed to quarantine depends on your reason for travel and the country that you are travelling from.

3 / WILL I BE GRANTED A VISA FOR JAPAN?


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Whether you can be granted a visa to enter Japan depends on your country of origin and the reason for your visit i.e. the visa you are applying for. If you are from one of the designated countries currently banned from entering – refer to the list above – you are unable to apply for a visa to enter Japan. If you are not from one of those countries, you can apply for a visa and whether it is granted depends on the visa type / your reason for travel. At this time, TRAVEL TO JAPAN FOR TOURISM PURPOSES REMAINS PROHIBITED. This means that anyone applying for a tourism visa at this time will be refused. It is hoped that this policy will change soon however there is no official announcement about that. If and when that occurs, we will update this page.

As discussed above, non-citizens including foreign passport-holder with long-term residence visa including spouses and children of Japanese nationals, international students enrolled with a Japanese institution, some short-term business travellers and people who can demonstrate ‘exceptional circumstances’ can apply for a visa and travel to Japan. Should you fall into that group, you can apply for a visa to enter to Japan and assuming it is granted, you can then travel to and enter Japan.

4 / DO I NEED TO BE VACCINATED TO TRAVEL TO JAPAN?


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You do not necessarily need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter Japan however it will likely affect whether you need to quarantine and for how long – see information below for further information. If you have been vaccinated it’s best to carry that evidence with you however you will still need to provide the following prior to traveling:

— a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure

— a signed copy of a ‘Written Pledge’ document committing to follow all health procedures

— a completed online questionnaire

Upon arrival and before exiting the airport you must also:

— submit the documents listed above

— undergo another PCR test and return a negative result

— download the government health monitoring app to your phone

You will then be required to complete at least 7 days of quarantine – see below for further details.

4 / WILL I BE QUARANTINED IN JAPAN?


Whether you are required to quarantine depends on your country of origin, vaccination history and ability to test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival in Japan. If you have evidence of at least three vaccinations and you test negative upon arrival, quarantine is likely to be waived. If however you have not had three vaccinations and/or test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival you will be required to quarantine. Persons who have had two or less vaccinations and test negative to COVID-19 upon arrival, will be asked to self-quarantine at home or at their hotel for 7 days, with the possibility of only quarantining for 3 days should they return a negative test on the thrid day. Some travellers from ‘designated countries’ will be asked to quarantine at a hotel or other controlled facility for 3 days, subject to end depending on their test results.

6 / ENTRY TO JAPAN VIA THE RESIDENCE TRACK


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In order to facilitate movement into Japan for persons including foreign residents and some business travelers while the international border remains closed for most people, Japan has instituted the a ‘Residence Track’ and ‘Business Track in 2021’. Please note however that BOTH TRACKS ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED. We will update this page once they are re-opened. The following information is accurate as of the last date that the Residence Track was operating:

Who can enter under the ‘Residence Track’?

1 / ANY FOREIGN PASSPORT-HOLDER with an eligible residency visa/right to reside in Japan – can still travel but must quarantine for 2-weeks upon arrival.

2 / Short-term business travelers from approved countries : BRUNEI / CAMBODIA / CHINA (including HONG KONG and MACAU) / LAOS / MALAYSIA / MYANMAR / SINGAPORE / SOUTH KOREA / TAIWAN / THAILAND / VIETNAM – suspended for all passport-holders until March 2021 (exact date of resumption yet to be confirmed).

What’s required?

Any foreign passport-holder with a longer stay/residence visa is able to return to Japan. This includes, but is not limited to, dependents of Japanese nationals (such as partners or children of Japanese citizens). international students, people residing in Japan for work, etc. In order to enter Japan under the ‘residence track’, the passport-holder must have an eligible visa to enter Japan, fulfill certain requirements prior to departing for Japan, and continue to meet certain requirements upon arrival including:

— Entrant must apply for visa or ‘Re-entry Confirmation Letter’ at nearest Japanese embassy

— Must monitor and track their health for 14-days prior to departure to Japan

— Must obtain a certificate of pre-entry testing result

— Must undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and complete a questionnaire

— Must install and use COVID-19 tracking app and retain location data for at least 14-days

— Must use LINE app for reporting health

— Entrant must under quarantine/self-isolation at their home or other designated location of 14-days after arrival

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It is important to note, that some business travelers will be categorised under the Residence Track including those from BRUNEI, CAMBODIA, LAOS, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, SINGAPORE, SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN, THAILAND and VIETNAM. To do so, letters of invitation and guarantee will need to be submitted from the inviting business/organisation in Japan. For further details, refer directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for eligibility and requirements.

7 / ENTRY TO JAPAN VIA THE ‘BUSINESS TRACK’


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In order to facilitate movement into Japan for persons including foreign residents and some business travelers while the international border remains closed for most people, Japan has instituted the a ‘Residence Track’ and ‘Business Track in 2021’. Please note however that BOTH TRACKS ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED. We will update this page once they are re-opened. The following information is accurate as of the last date that the Business Track was operating:

Who can enter under the ‘Business Track’?

Short-term business visitors from approved countries: CHINA / SINGAPORE / SOUTH KOREA / VIETNAM – suspended for all passport-holders until March 2021 (exact date of resumption yet to be confirmed).

What’s required?

Through negotiation with other governments, nationals of a limited number of countries can travel to Japan for business trips of up to 72-hours. In order to enter Japan under the ‘business track’, the passport-holder must have an eligible visa, fulfill certain requirements prior to departing for Japan, and continue to meet certain requirements upon arrival including:

— Entrant must apply for visa or ‘Re-entry Confirmation Letter’ at nearest Japanese embassy, including submission of a ‘Schedule of Activities in Japan’*

— Must monitor and track their health for 14-days prior to departure to Japan

— Must obtain a certificate of pre-entry testing result

— Must undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and complete a questionnaire

— Must install and use COVID-19 tracking app and retain location data for at least 14-days

— Must use LINE app for reporting health

— Must not use public transport while in Japan and strictly limited activities and places visited to those declared in their Schedule of Activities in Japan

— Fulfill re-entry requirements of home country

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*Importantly for persons entering Japan under the business track, the Schedule of Activities in Japan acts as a declaration of places they intend to visit while here. Movement is likely to be restricted to accommodation and places of business only and will have to be declared prior to arrival. Letters of invitation and guarantee will also need to be submitted from the inviting business/organisation in Japan. For further details, refer directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for eligibility and requirements.

8 / JAPAN’S COVID-19 VACCINATION PASSPORT


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Consistent with many countries around the world, Japan has announced its intention to utilise some form of digital vaccination passport in an effort to re-open its international. While the exact details of how this will work and which digital platform Japan will use are not yet confirmed, the government appears committed to rolling-out a smartphone app which travelers can use to satisfy the health requirement and allowing them to travel to Japan. It is hoped that this will facilitate opening of the international border in the near future. For further information, see our ‘Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccination Passport’ page.

9 / JAPAN’S COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAM


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Get the latest news and information about the roll-out of Japan’s COVID-19 vaccination program including which vaccines will be used, when and who will be vaccinated, and whether you need to be vaccinated to travel here.

10 / PLAN YOUR VISIT TO JAPAN


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Getting ready to travel to Japan? Whether it’s your first time traveling to this amazing country or you’re a regular visitor, all successful visits start before you even leave home as you plan your trip and choose where you’ll visit while here. Our ‘Plan Your Visit’ pages have lots of great information including how to enter, exit and move around Japan, when to visit, how to stay connected while here, accommodation options, language and etiquette tips and how to stay health and get help when needed. Those pages provide the framework while our ‘Destinations’ pages help you plan just what to do while here.

11 / TIMELINE OF ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


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The following major announcements provide a snapshot of recent entry requirements to Japan during COVID-19:

May 12 2022: the government looks set to increase the cap on daily arrivals to Japan from the current level of 10,000 to 20,000 in June. The increase comes as the government is also considering a trial period of small tour groups from abroad, to test Japan’s readiness to open its border. A further increase of daily arrivals would be continuation of a positive trend that has seen it raised from 3,500 in November to 5,000 and then 7,000 in March and the current limit of 10,000 in April.

May 9 2022: the government is considering opening the border to tour groups as early as the end of May, on a ‘trial basis’ as it looks toward a complete opening to inbound tourism later in the year. The report follows-on for Prime Minister Kishida’s recent comments that the government is looking to open the border in stages, in consultation with public health experts. Under this plan, tour groups will be limited in size with their movements monitored in order to assess the feasibility of a full opening and response measures should a COVID-19 case be reported within those travelers.

May 6 2022: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has stated that Japan will ease its border controls in June. Kishida did not provide details of exactly how and when this will happen however it’s a meaningful development on the back of recent increases in daily arrivals and permission for international students and short-term business visitors to enter.


April 11 2022: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has stated that Japan does not have any plan to open the border to tourists at this time. COVID-19 infections again continue to increase in many regions of the country, including Tokyo, with another wave potentially underway. On Friday, approximately 52,000 new cases were reported around Japan – the fourteenth day in a row that the daily total was increased over the week before. Some of the largest increases have been experienced in regional areas such as Miyazaki and Oita in the south and Akita and Iwate in the north.

April 7 2022: Japan has announced that it will ‘lift the entry ban on 106 countries’ from tomorrow onward. This has led to some confusion as to who can now travel, with some mistaking the decision to mean that anyone from those 106 countries could now enter Japan for any reason. This is not correct. The lifting of the ban makes it possible for nationals of those countries to apply for and be granted a visa, and then travel to Japan however the purpose of that travel remains the crucial point. Persons applying to travel to Japan for tourism purposes will still not be granted a visa and cannot enter at this time. While this is a positive step toward a full opening of the border, there remains no official announcement as to when travel for tourism purposes will be allowed.

April 4 2022: Japan will increase the daily cap on overseas arrivals to 10,000 travelers per day as of April 10. Foreign students enrolled with a Japanese institution continue to have priority along with Japanese citizens, foreign residents of Japan and some short-term business travelers.


March 21 2022: the government is considering lifting the daily cap on overseas arrivals to 10,000. While the cap remains at 5,000, it is set to increase to 7,000 as of April 1. April marks the beginning of Japan’s business and academic year and preference is currently being given to short-term business travelers and international students enrolled in a Japanese institution. There is still no word on when the border may open to tourists.

March 6 2022: the government has announced that the daily cap on arrivals into Japan will increase from 5,000 to 7,000 on March 14. As the new academic year approaches, priority will be given to international students enrolled in study in Japan. There is still no announcement as to when the border will open to tourists.


February 28 2022: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has again stated that his government is considering easing border restrictions. As of March 1st, travel restrictions are already set to be eased for some travelers including short-term business visitors and temporary residents including international students. Japan is seeing COVID numbers begin to come out in what is hoped is the end of the sixth wave of infections. In response, daily entries will be increased from 3,500 to 5,000 and travelers from countries including Australia, the Philippines, Spain, Thailand and the United States will not have to isolate upon arrival so long as they return a negative test result; while entrants from countries including Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom will only need to quarantine for three days, as long as they test negative on the third day. There is still no announcement as to when travel for tourism purposes.

February 22 2022: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has announced that from March onward, a limited number of business travelers and foreign students will again be able to enter Japan. The daily limit on entries will also be lifted from 3,500 to 5,000. Travelers who have received three or more vaccinations and are entering from a country in which COVID is not spreading rapidly, will not be required to enter quarantine. All other travelers will be required to self-isolate for 7 days however those who test negative for COVID-19 on the third day, and meet other requirements, will be able to leave quarantine early. There is no announcement as to when travel for tourism might be possible.

February 14 2022: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has remarked that the government is considering whether to ease the current restrictions which effectively bar non-residents from entering the country. While there is no official announcement yet, the government is hinting at changes to a policy that has seen most non-residents effectively locked-out of Japan throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The consideration to ease restrictions comes amid growing criticism by business leaders and as other nations continue to open their borders. Should a decision be reached to open the border, it is likely that priority will be given to short-term business travelers and long-term visitors with temporary residency, such as international students. Travel for tourism purposes would appear to be a little time-off however this may change quickly.


December 20 2021: Japan has launched a COVID-19 vaccination app for smartphones. The app – ‘新型コロナワクチン接種証明書アプリ‘ or ‘New Corona Vaccination Certificate Application’ – that can be downloaded for free and once activated, will display the user’s vaccination history. It is intended for both domestic use and international travel.

December 19 2021: Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has announced that the existing ban on entry to Japan by foreign nationals – other than those with an existing residence visa or special permission to travel – will be extended at least until ‘early next year’ in an attempt to prevent the spread of the ‘Omicron’ variant. Japanese citizens and foreign residents of Japan are still able to enter however must under quarantine once they arrive, with the period required and where they undertake quarantine varying depending on the country they are travelling from.

December 6 2021: in response to the Omicron variant, Japan has moved to further restrict entry by suspending all visas that have not yet been activated by the traveler by entering Japan, for a period of one monthy. An exception to this measure apples if the visa holder is the spouse or child of a Japanese citizen, permanent resident or diplomat however government clarification of this point has not been forth-coming and it has not been confirmed how or for how long this measure will be implemented.


November 30 2021: as of today, Japan has significantly restricted entry by effectively banning foreign nationals for a period of at least one month. In response to the emerging ‘Omicron’ variant, the government has announced that only Japanese citizens and foreign nationals with ‘special permission’ are now allowed to enter Japan – regardless of where they are traveling from. Those who can still enter are required to spend 14 days in quarantine, even if fully vaccinated. The government has also reduced the maximum number of entries each from 5,000 to 3,500 persons. At this time, there has been no announcement that the Omicron variant has been detected in Japan.

November 29 2021: in response to concern over the increased virulence of the new ‘Omicron’ variant, first detected in South Africa, Japan has announced stricter entry controls for the following southern African nations: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Any person entering Japan who has spent time in one or more of those nation in the past 14 days, is now required to spend at least 10 days in a government-designated facility upon arrival followed by an additional 4 days at home or at a hotel – totaling 14 days of quarantine.

November 8 2021: as of today, the quarantine period for travelers entering Japan for business purposes has been reduced to 3 days. Travelers must be fully-vaccinated (with a vaccine recognised by the Japanese government) and on the condition that the firm inviting them to Japan complies with certain directives. The government has also announced that students and long-term business entrants such as technical trainees can now travel to Japan however the quarantine period for those entrants remains 14 days.

November 2 2021: Japan appears to be set to ease travel restrictions for short-term business travel and students as soon as this week, with quarantine reduced to as little as 3-days for fully-vaccinated visitors. There is no official announcement yet nor is there any reference to opening-up travel for tourism however it’s a positive step in the right direction.


September 30 2021 : Japan looks set to reduce the period of quarantine, for fully-vaccinated people, from 14 to 10 days and without the need to spend time in a hotel or other facility. It is expected that this will take place some time in October however the actual date and full details are yet to be announced. It appears that this will also apply to persons entering from ‘high risk’ areas, as long as they can provide suitable evidence of their vaccination history.


April 30 2021: the government has again commented that Japan will introduce some form of “vaccine passport” in the form of a smartphone app that will facilitate movement of people in and out of the country. It is believe digital passport will record evidence of having had a COVID-19 vaccination along with negative test results, potentially allowing persons who have not yet been vaccinated to travel. While nothing concrete has yet been announced, it’s a positive step toward re-opening the international border.


March 21 2021: it’s official. Japanese officials have announced that international visitors will not be permitted to enter Japan as spectators for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Scheduled to start on July 23rd 2021, the Games look set to go ahead however it will unfortunately be without any international visitors in the stadiums. All tickets already sold to international visitors will be refunded in full. There is no official word yet about entry of the teams and supporting staff.

March 15 2021: trials of a proposed ‘Common Pass’ have taken place at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Five participants underwent COVID-19/PCR tests which were transmitted to a laboratory with all five participants receiving negative test results to their phones within two hours. Those results are then displayed as a ‘universal digital certificate’ which can then be used to satisfy entry requirements of a travelers’ destination country upon check-in in their country of origin.

March 5 2021: while there is no official announcement yet, the head of the Tokyo Olympic committee, Hashimoto Sekio, has suggested that international visitors may not be permitted to enter Japan for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games. Hashimoto has stated, ‘If the situation is tough and it would make the [Japanese} consumers concerned, that is a situation we need to avoid from happening’ – the strongest suggestion yet that international visitors will not be permitted. A number of government officials have now implied that a final decision is pending, with an official announcement expected by around March 25.


February 3 2021: following the announcement of extension of the ‘State of Emergency’ (SOE) in ten prefectures in Japan, it has also been announced that the suspension of travel arrangements will be extended until the SOE has been lifted. At this time, the SOE is in effect until at least March 7th therefore we can expect that entry for foreign nationals – other than foreign residents of Japan – will continue until at least that date.  


January 13 2021: the government has announced the temporary suspension of arrangements – including the ‘Residence Track’ and ‘Business Track’ – for nationals of 11 countries, effectively banning entry to Japan by all foreign nationals – other than those with an existing residence visa – until at least February 7th 2021. The decision is in response to the increasing spread of COVID-19 and in order to prevent the introduction of new variants to Japan. Japanese citizens and foreign residents of Japan with a valid entry visa are still able to travel however are required to undertake 2-weeks quarantine upon arrival and may be asked to provide a negative COVID-19 test result prior to departure from their country of origin.

January 7 2021: in response to the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Japan and following discussion of suspending entry for all foreign nationals, the government has announced that the 11 nationalities eligible to travel under the ‘Residence Track’ and ‘Business Track’ can continue to apply to travel to and enter Japan. Foreign residents of Japan with a current entry visa and Japanese citizens are also still able to enter. The situation continues to develop and the government’s decision may well be reversed should circumstances demand it. We will update this page if further information becomes available.


December 28 2020: in response to a new strain of COVID-19 first detected in the United Kingdom, the Japanese government has announced that it will ban entry by all foreign nationals until January 31st 2021. To date, the new more virulent strain has been detected in at least twenty countries, and in an effort to prevent its spread into Japan, the ban effectively applies to all foreign nationals other than business travelers from approved countries and foreign residents of Japan. To do so, travelers will need to submit further documentation and undergo a COVID-19 test at least 72-hours prior to departure. Japanese citizens and foreign residents of Japan can still travel but upon arrival will be required to self-isolate for 14-days. Persons already holding visas to travel to Japan can still do so, other than those who have entered the United Kingdom or South Africa in the past 14 days.