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March 18, 2020
1. On March 18th, “New measures to strengthen border measures” were decided at the 20th Meeting of the Novel Coronavirus Response Headquarters. These measures were decided, amidst the further spreading of coronavirus in foreign countries, to take proactive measures including border controls, aligning with measures taken by foreign countries, in order to prevent the further spread of infections.
2. The measures include following visa restrictions. These measures will be implemented from 0:00 am of March 21st (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 by March 20th by Japanese Embassies or Consulates General in subject countries (Note).
 (2) Visa exemption measures for the subject countries will be gradually suspended.
(Note) Schengen countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland), Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino, the United Kingdom, and Vatican
3. As a consequence, following people will not be permitted to enter Japan from 0:00 am of March 21st (JST).
 (1) Those who intend to enter Japan with single or multiple-entry visa issued by March 20th by Japanese Embassies or Consulates General in the subject countries (Note).
 (2) Those who possess a passport issued by the countries for which visa exemption measures are suspended 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 as necessary. Those who plan to travel to Japan are advised to refer to these websites regularly.
5. From 0:00 am of March 21st (JST), the measures to call upon all nationals arriving from the subject countries (Note) to wait 14 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief and to refrain from using public transportation will be introduced. Those who plan to travel to Japan are invited to take note of these measures carefully. Please contact the Ministry of Health, Labour and WelfareOpen a New Window for inquiries related to these measures.
6. Please visit the website of Prime Minister of Japan and his CabinetOpen a New Window for the “New measures to strengthen border measures”.

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