Japan’s latest entry regulations for travelers

Jan 19, 2022

Introduction : Japan’s latest entry regulations for travelers

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused many countries to close their borders, and Japan has implemented entry regulations to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in Japan.  One of the most common entry regulations is the 14-day quarantine, which has been implemented by all countries across the world.

This feature includes detailed information on Japan’s latest entry regulations for travelers, which will be updated accordingly, so make sure to hit the bookmark button before you leave this page!

Index

    1. So who can enter Japan?
    2. Countries/Regions subject to denial of permission to enter Japan
    3. What are those exceptional circumstances?
    4. What visas are allowed to enter Japan?
    5. Quarantine policy

1. So who can enter Japan?

According to the regulations released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, new entry of foreign nationals is suspended for the time being, but re-entry into Japan is allowed only for foreign nationals with these status of residence :

  • permanent resident
  • spouse, or child of a Japanese national
  • spouse or child of a permanent resident, or long term resident

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2. Countries/Regions subject to denial of permission to enter Japan

New entry of foreign nationals who have stayed in any of the following countries below within 14 days prior to the application for landing cannot enter Japan unless exceptional circumstances are found.

Regions Countries
Asia Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste
Oceania Fiji
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, Angola, Botswana, Cabo Verde, 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, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Re-entry of foreign nationals with status of residence who have stayed in the following countries below within 14 days prior to the application for landing cannot enter Japan, unless exceptional circumstances are found.

Regions Countries
Africa Eswatini, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Lesotho, Angola, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo

In addition, all passenger flights from China and the Republic of Korea are not allowed to enter Japan for the time being.

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3. What are those exceptional circumstances?

If your condition falls under exceptional circumstances, you still can enter Japan during the border restrictions. To find more detailed information about it, please refer to this page. >> Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Official Website : Regarding denial of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus)

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4. What visas are allowed to enter Japan?

From December 2, 2021 onwards, due to the spread of a new variant of coronavirus, Omicron, only foreign nationals with the following visa/resident status can enter Japan :

  • spouse or child of a Japanese national
  • spouse or child of a permanent resident, or diplomat

This regulation does not apply to foreign nationals who departed from overseas before 00:00 am (JST) on December 2, 2021 and arrived in Japan after that.

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5. Quarantine policy

All foreign nationals entering Japan are obligated to quarantine. The quarantine regulation varies depending on which country you are flying from.

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