Consular Services

January 21, 2021

1. Denial of permission to entry

For the time being, foreign nationals who have stayed in any of the following 152 countries/regions within 14 days prior to the application for landing are denied to enter Japan in pursuant to the Article 5, paragraph (1), item (xiv) of Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, unless special exceptional circumstances are found. Note that foreigners (from the countries and regions where the entry bans do not apply) are not denied to enter Japan even when they arrive in Japan via those countries or regions, which are subject to denial of permission to entry, for refueling or transit purpose. Those who entered those countries or regions will, however, be subject to the entry ban.

Please see this page (PDF) Open a New Window for further information about the denial of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Countries/Regions subject to denial of permission to enter Japan:

Asia

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

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, 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, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

2. Quarantine measures (New)

Important notice(PDF) including new pledging for all travelers when entering Japan from January 14, 2021

Based on the decision on January 8, 2021, the current quarantine measures are strengthened as followings;

(1)New measures for border enforcement underduring the state of emergency
 All those who enter, re-enter or return to Japan (including Japanese nationals) are requested to submit a certificate of negative test result of pre-entry COVID-19 test (hereinafter referred to as “certificate of negative test result”) conducted within 72 hours (from the sampling time to departure time of the flight) until the lifting of the state of emergency, no matter whether arriving from the countries/regions designated as an area subject to denial of permission to enter Japan or not, or no matter whether using Business Track/Residence Track or not. They are also subject to conducting of COVID-19 test upon arrival. Then they are required to stay 14 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief (own residence etc.) and to refrain from using public transportation. (Please refer to (2) for the case arriving from the UK, South Africa and countries/regions whose authorities have announced the confirmation of domestic infection of new variant of coronavirus)

From January 14, 2021 until further notice, all Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with the status of residence are also required to pledge to refrain from using public transportation for 14 days, and to be in quarantine at home or other designated areas for 14 days, retain the location data, and provide it to the health centers or other institutions, if requested. (If separate quarantine measures are to be taken, those also need to be pledged.) They are required to sign and submit the Written Pledge (Japanese (PDF)Open a New Window, Non-Japanese (PDF)Open a New Window) when entering Japan. In case of violation, they may be subject to detention under Quarantine Act and the following shall apply:
(1) For Japanese nationals, names and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public.
(2) For foreign nationals with the status of residence, names, nationalities, and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public. They may also be subject to the revocation of status of residence and procedures for deportation under Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law. Those who do not submit the “Written Pledge” are requested to stay at a location designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (only at the accommodation booked by the quarantine office) for 14 days.

Different measures are taken for the following cases.

(i) All Japanese nationals and foreign nationals who enter/re-enter Japan (except for those who are entering Japan through “Business Track” or “Residence Track”) from countries/regions not subject to denial of permission to entry (except for countries/regions whose authorities have announced the confirmation of domestic infection of new variant of coronavirus), are requested to submit a “certificate of negative test result“. Otherwise, they are required to stay at a location designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (only at the accommodations booked by the Quarantine Station). On the third day of the arrival in Japan, they are required to take the COVID-19 test again. Those who resulted negative in this test will be requested to pledge to retain the location data (installing COVID-19 Contact-Confirming Application (COCOA) and recording the location data via the map application), to leave the accommodation facilities booked by the Quarantine Station, and to continue self-quarantine at home till passing 14 days after entering Japan.

(ii) All Japanese nationals, who are returning to Japan from countries/regions subject to denial of permission to entry (except for countries/regions whose authorities have announced the confirmation of domestic infection of new variant of coronavirus), are also requested to submit a “certificate of negative test result“. Otherwise, they are required to stay at accommodations booked by the Quarantine Station. On the third day of the arrival in Japan, they are required to take the COVID-19 test again. Those with negative result in this test will be requested to pledge to retain the location data (installing COVID-19 Contact-Confirming Application (COCOA) and recording the location data via the map application), to leave the accommodation facilities booked by the Quarantine Station, and to continue self-quarantine at home till passing 14 days after entering Japan.

(iii) All foreign nationals, who are entering Japan through “Business Track” and “Residence Track” from countries/regions not subject to denial of permission to entry into Japan, are subject to conducting of COVID-19 test upon arrival.

(iv) All foreign nationals who are entering Japan through “Residence Track” from countries/regions not subject to denial of permission to entry into Japan are requested to submit a “certificate of negative test result“, and have their receiving companies/entities pledge it in “Written Pledge” form.

(v) Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with the status of residence who are entering Japan through “Business Track” are requested to submit a “certificate of negative test result“ regardless of duration of their visit, and have their receiving companies/entities pledge it in “Written Pledge” form.

(Note 1) The quarantine measures mentioned above will be implemented from at 0:00 am (JST) on January 9, 2021.

(Note 2) Submission of the “certificate of negative test result“ mentioned above will be requested to those who enter, re-enter, or return to Japan after 0:00 am (JST) on January 13, 2021.

(2)The border enforcement measures for those who enter, re-enter or return to Japan from the UK, South Africa and countries/regions whose authorities have announced the confirmation of domestic infection of new variant of coronavirus

(i) The UK and South Africa
 All Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with status of residence are required to obtain the “certificate of negative test result“. From December 26, 2020 for the time being, they are required to self-quarantine for 3 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief (only at the accommodations booked by the quarantine office). On the third day they are required to take the COVID-19 test again. Those who have negative result in this test are still required to self-quarantine at home as a substitute for the accommodations booked by the quarantine office till passing 14 days after entering Japan. In addition, those who arrive after December 24, 2020 (from the UK) and after December 26, 2020 (from South Africa), until further notice, are required to pledge to keep the location information via the map application and installing a COVID-19 Contact-Confirming Application (COCOA) when entering Japan.

 However, Japanese nationals who will return to Japan after 0:00 am (JST) on January 9, 2021, and cannot submit the “certificate of negative test result”, are required to self-quarantine for 3 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief (only at the accommodations booked by the quarantine office). On the third day and the sixth day, they are required to take the COVID-19 test again. Those who have negative results in both tests can leave the accommodation but are still required to self-quarantine at home as a substitute for the accommodations booked by the quarantine office till passing 14 days after entering Japan. Those who have already stayed over 6 days at a location booked by the quarantine station chief will be tested immediately and if they have negative results, they are required to self-quarantine at home as a substitute for the accommodations booked by the quarantine office till passing 14 days after entering Japan as well as pledging to keep the location information via map application and installing a COVID-19 Contact-Confirming Application (COCOA)

From January 14, 2021, all Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with status of residence are newly required to pledge to provide the location data to the health centers or other institutions if requested. They are required to sign the Written Pledge (Japanese (PDF)Open a New Window, Non-Japanese (PDF)Open a New Window) when entering Japan. In case of violation, they may be subject to detention under Quarantine Act and the following measures may apply; (1) For Japanese nationals, names and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public. (2) For foreign nationals with the status of residence, names, nationalities, and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public. They may also be subject to the revocation of status of residence and procedures for deportation under Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law. Those who do not submit the “Written Pledge” are requested to stay at a location designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (Only at the accommodations booked by the quarantine office) for 14 days.

(Note 1) The above-mentioned quarantine measures are applied to those entering Japan who have stayed within 14 days in the UK and South Africa.

(ii) Countries/regions whose authorities have announced the confirmation of domestic infection of new variant of coronavirus (Except for the UK and South Africa as explained above (i)) (Note 1)

 All Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with the status of residence (except for those who are entering Japan through “Business Track” or “Residence Track”) are requested to submit a “certificate of negative test result” and undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival from December 30, 2020 till the end of January, 2021.

 However, Japanese nationals who will return to Japan after 0:00 am (JST) on January 9, 2021 and cannot submit the “certificate of negative test result”, are required to self-quarantine at a location designated by the quarantine station chief (only at the accommodations booked by the quarantine office). On the third day, they are required to take the COVID-19 test again. Those who have negative results in this test can leave the accommodation but are still required to self-quarantine at home as a substitute for the accommodations booked by the quarantine office till passing 14 days after entering Japan. Those who have already stayed over 3 days at a location booked by the quarantine station chief will be tested immediately and if they have negative results, they are required to self-quarantine at home as a substitute for the accommodations booked by the quarantine office till passing 14 days after entering Japan as well as pledging to keep the location information via map application and installing a COVID-19 Contact-Confirming Application (COCOA).

(Note 1) subject countries and regions of the measures will be designated and confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The designation is duly announced.

  • On December 26, 2020, the following countries and regions are designated (The above-mentioned quarantine measures commenced from 0:00 am (JST) on December 30, 2020.):
    Ireland, Israel, Italy, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark, France, Belgium
  • On December 27, 2020, Province of Ontario(Canada) was designated as a region subject to the above-mentioned quarantine measures, the application of which commenced from 0:00 am (JST) on December 31, 2020.
  • On December 28, 2020, the following countries/regions are designated as regions subject to the above-mentioned quarantine measures, the application of which commenced from 0:00 am (JST) on January 1, 2021.:
    Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Liechtenstein
  • On December 29, 2020, Iceland (designated on December 26, 2020) was removed from the list of designated countries and regions.
  • On December 30, 2020, the following countries/regions are designated as regions subject to the above-mentioned quarantine measures, the application of which commenced from 0:00 am (JST) on January 3, 2021.:
    State of Colorado (United States of America), Province of Quebec (Canada)
  • On December 31, 2020, the following countries/regions are designated as regions subject to the above-mentioned quarantine measures, the application of which commenced from 0:00 am (JST) on January 4, 2021.:
    State of California (United States of America), the UAE(Note4), Germany
  • On January 1, 2021, the following region is designated as regions subject to the above-mentioned quarantine measures, the application of which commenced from 0:00 am (JST) on January 5, 2021.:
    State of Florida (United States of America)
  • On January 5, 2021, the following countries/regions are designated as regions subject to the above-mentioned quarantine measures, the application of which commenced from 0:00 am (JST) on January 9, 2021.:
    Iceland, State of New York (United States of America), Slovakia, Finland
  • On January 6, 2021, the following countries/regions are designated as regions subject to the above-mentioned quarantine measures, the application of which commenced from 0:00 am (JST) on January 10, 2021.:
    State of Georgia (United States of America), Georgia, Nigeria (Note 4), State of Sao Paulo (Brazil), Luxembourg
  • On January 8, 2021, the following country is designated as regions subject to the above-mentioned quarantine measures, the application of which commenced from 0:00 am (JST) on January 12, 2021.:
    State of Connecticut, Texas, Pennsylvania (United States of America)
  • On January 9, 2021, the following countries/regions are designated as regions subject to the above-mentioned quarantine measures, the application of which commenced from 0:00 am (JST) on January 13, 2021.:
    Province of British Columbia (Canada), Romania
  • On January 11, 2021, the following region is designated as regions subject to the above-mentioned quarantine measures, the application of which commenced from 0:00 am (JST) on January 15, 2021.:
    State of Minnesota (United States of America)
  • On January 13, 2021, the following countries/regions are designated as regions subject to the above-mentioned quarantine measures, the application of which commenced from 0:00 am (JST) on January 17, 2021.:
    State of Maryland (United States of America), Portugal
  • On January 19, 2021, the following country is designated as regions subject to the above-mentioned quarantine measures, the application of which commences from 0:00 am (JST) on January 23, 2021.:
    Ghana (Note4)
  • On January 20, 2021, the following countries/regions are designated as regions subject to the above-mentioned quarantine measures, the application of which commences from 0:00 am (JST) on January 24, 2021.:
    State of Utah (United States of America), Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary

(Note 2) The above-mentioned quarantine measures will be applied to those entering Japan who have stayed within 14 days in the countries and regions mentioned in (Note 1) above.

(Note 3) The above-mentioned quarantine measures will commenced from 0:00 am (JST) on December 30, 2020. The application of the above-mentioned measures to any additional countries and regions will commence from 0:00 am (JST) 4 days after the designation mentioned in (Note 1) above.

(Note 4) Although the domestic infection of new variant of Coronavirus has not been confirmed in this country, the designation was introduced as a precautionary measure since the new variant of Coronavirus has been detected from infected persons who have stayed in that country within 14 days prior to entering Japan.

From January 14, 2021 until further notice, all Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with the status of residence are also required to pledge to refrain from using public transportation for 14 days, quarantine at home or other designated areas for 14 days, retain the location data, and provide it to the health centers or other institutions, if requested. (the subject quarantine measures for the pledge may vary depending on the scheme in use) They are required to sign the Written Pledge (Japanese (PDF)Open a New Window, Non-Japanese (PDF)Open a New Window) when entering Japan. In case of violation, they may be subject to detention under Quarantine Act and the following shall apply. (1) For Japanese nationals, names and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public. (2) For foreign nationals with the status of residence, names, nationalities, and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public. They may also be subject to the revocation of status of residence and procedures for deportation under Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law. Those who do not submit the “Written Pledge” are requested to stay at a location designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (only at the accommodation booked by the quarantine office) for 14 days.

For further information, please see the following website (Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare)Open a New Window

3. Suspension of visa validity(New)

Important notice for the validity of visas already issued under “Business Track” or “Residence Track” on January 13, 2021

Validity of visas listed below are suspended for the time being

(1) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by March 8th, 2020 by Japanese Embassies or Consulates General in China (including Hong Kong and Macau) and Republic of Korea

(2) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by March 20th, 2020 by Japanese Embassies and Consulates General in the following countries

Europe

Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican

Middle East

Iran

Africa

Egypt

(3) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by March 27th, 2020 by Japanese Embassies and Consulates General in the following countries

Asia

Brunei, Indonesia (note), Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam
Note: including seal of “visa wavier registration certificate”

Middle East

Bahrain, Israel, Qatar

Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo

(4) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by April 2nd, 2020, by Japanese Embassies and Consulates General located in or accredited to the following countries and regions

Asia

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste

Oceania

Cook, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Latin America and the Caribbean

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentine, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

Europe

Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Middle East

Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates (note), Yemen
Note: including seal of “visa wavier registration certificate”

Africa

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles , Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

(5) From 0:00 am (JST) on January 21, 2021 till the lifting of the state of emergency in Japan, the validity of visas already issued under “Business Track” or “Residence Track” and visas issued based on “New measures for border enforcement (4)” (referred in Note 2 of Article 1) will be suspended.

4. Suspension of visa exemption measures

As visa exemption measures with the countries and regions listed below are temporarily suspended, those who fall under the measures are required to obtain visas before visiting Japan. Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan have been newly added to the list (1) and (2) below. The measures will be in place for the time being.

(1) Visa exemption measures agreed with Japan and the following countries and regions

Asia

Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam

Oceania

Australia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon

Latin America and the Caribbean

Argentine, Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay

Europe

Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican

Middle East

Israel, Iran, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates

Africa

Lesotho, Tunisia

(2) The effect of Pre-Clearances (i.e. visa exemptions) granted by the Japanese Government to APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) issued by the following countries and regions is also suspended.

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

5. Restrictions on airport/ports for arrival

The Government of Japan (GOJ) announced the following measures (1) and (2) on March 5, 2020, and (3) on April 1, 2020. These measures will be in place for the time being.

  • (1) The Government of Japan restricts arrival airports for passenger flights from China or Republic of Korea to Narita International Airport and Kansai International Airport only and requests the airlines concerned to conform this restriction. Based on the announcement of the GOJ on September 25, 2020, the incremental relaxation of the limitation on the number of arrival airports for passenger aircraft being implemented for the time being will be considered in light of the conditions including testing capacities upon arrival of each airport. The relaxation will be implemented once such conditions are met at each airport.
  • (2) The Government of Japan suspends passenger transportation departing from China or Republic of Korea by vessels and requests related companies to conform this suspension.
  • (3) Requesting airlines concerned to curb the number of arrival passengers to Japan by such measures as reducing the number of passenger arrival flights in order to ensure the appropriate implementation of quarantine measures. In order to securing smooth return to Japan of Japanese citizens or overseas travelers wishing to return, a proper care, including providing information and sending advisories, will be taken.
  • (4) The measures will be in place for the time being

6. Entry of foreign nationals with special exceptional circumstances

Foreign nationals from the countries/regions which are subject to denial of permission to entry, foreign nationals who are in possession of already issued visas whose validity is suspended, or foreign nationals who are subject to temporary suspension of visa exemption measures are required to apply for an appropriate visa at Embassies or Consulates or Consular Office of Japan (for Taiwan, Taipei Kaohsiung offices of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association)(hereinafter referred as “Japan’s overseas establishments”) in your country/region.

Please see hereOpen a New Window to be informed of the detailed cases of special exceptional circumstances.

Please see this page for the information about the visa application.

Please note that the certificate of negative test result of pre-departure COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours (from the sampling time to departure time of the flight) is required for foreign nationals to enter Japan, with special exceptional circumstances, from January 13, 2021 in addition to obtaining a valid visa.


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