Strengthening border measures related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19):
1. On April 1st, “New measures to strengthen border measures” were decided at the Meeting of the National Security Council. These decision were made, amidst the further spreading of coronavirus in foreign countries, and in view of taking proactive measures including border controls, aligning with measures taken by other countries, in order to prevent the further spread of infections.
2. The measures include following visa restrictions and will be implemented from 0:00 am, April 3rd, 2020 (Japan Standard Time (JST)) until the last day of April. (The implementation period can be renewed.)
(1) The validity of single or multiple-entry visa issued on or before April 2rd by Japanese Embassies or Consulates General in countries and regions listed below will be suspended.
Mongolia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Timor-Leste, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Kiribati, Cook, Samoa, Solomon, Tuvalu, Tonga, Nauru,
Niue, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Fiji, Marshall, Micronesia
【Latin America and the Caribbean】
Argentine, Antigua and Barbuda, Uruguay, El Salvador, Guyana, Cuba, Guatemala, Grenada,
Costa Rica, Colombia, Jamaica, Suriname, Saint. Vincent, Saint Christopher and Nevis,
Saint Lucia, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Nicaragua, Haiti, Bahamas, Paraguay,
Barbados, Venezuela, Belize, Peru, Honduras, Mexico
Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Georgia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,
Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates (including seal of “visa waiver registration certificate”),
Yemen, Iraq, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon
Algeria, Angola, Uganda, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Cape Verde, Gabon, Cameroon,
Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo,
Sao Tome and Principe, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Djibouti, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Seychelles ,
Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Chad, Central African Republic, Tunisia, Togo,
Nigeria, Namibia, Niger, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Benin, Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali,
South Africa, South Sudan, Mozambique, Mauritania, Libya, Liberia , Rwanda, Lesotho
(2) Visa exemption measures for following countries and regions will be suspended.
Mongolia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, India, Bangladesh, Samoa, Solomon, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Palau
【Latin America and the Caribbean】
Argentine, Uruguay, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Suriname, Dominican Republic,
Bahamas, Paraguay, Barbados, Peru, Honduras, Mexico
Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Turkmenistan
United Arab Emirates, Oman
(3) The validity of Pre-Clearance granted to Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card issued by Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Peru and Russia will be suspended.
3. As a consequence, following people will not be permitted to enter Japan from 0:00 am, April 3rd, 2020 (JST).
(1) Those who intend to enter Japan with single or multiple-entry visa issued on or before April 2nd by Japanese Embassies or Consulates General in the subject countries and regions listed in 2. above.
(2) Holders of a passport issued by the countries for which visa exemption measures are suspended (including APEC Business Travel Card holders) and intend to enter Japan without obtaining a visa.
4. The latest information on present measures related to visa restrictions will be published on the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Japanese Embassies and Consulates General. Those who plan to travel to Japan are advised to refer to these websites as it is renewed.
5. From 0:00 am, April 3rd, 2020 (JST), the measures to call upon all nationals to stand by for 14 days at a location designated by a quarantine station chief and to refrain from using public transportation will be introduced. Those who plan to travel to Japan are invited to be mindful of these measures. Please contact the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for inquiries related to these measures.
6. Please visit the website of Prime Minister of Japan and his Cabinet for the “New measures to strengthen border measures”.