Data Last Updated: December 08, 2020
Japan is largely closed to most travellers from countries with ongoing COVID cases. Only Japanese nationals are allowed to enter Japan. Foreign nationals are not allowed to enter Japan currently except for very limited exemptions.
Authorities continue to ban entry for most foreign nationals with a travel history to 146 countries and territories, including China, India, Pakistan, South Korea, the US, Australia, and the EU.
Japan plans to reopen around the beginning of September with new entry requirements. They did not divulge the actual date of reopening. However, they plan to reopen in stages, starting with essential travelers. Tourists will be allowed entry on the third and final stage.
Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and certain outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.
Several Japanese prefectures have declared states of emergency from early August in response to the rising COVID-19 cases.
The governor has called on residents to avoid non-essential gatherings and trips outside Aichi. In Mie Prefecture, the governor has asked residents to defer nonessential travel and gatherings.
Authorities in Okinawa extended a state of emergency declaration in the prefecture through at least Aug. 29 due to ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity.
Japanese authorities have extended national-level restrictions on large gatherings through Aug. 31 amid continued concerns over coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, according to government sources, the controls will likely be extended further through at least the end of September. Under the measures, public events are restricted to 5,000 people or fewer.
Authorities have permitted nonessential businesses across the country to reopen, provided they follow instructions to reduce transmission of COVID-19.
Airlines & Transport
Domestic rail and flight disruptions remain possible amid generally reduced demand. Physical distancing requirements are in place on most long-distance transport services.
Flights from South Korea and China are only authorized to land at Narita International Airport (NRT) and Kansai International Airport (KIX). Transit flights for foreign nationals are only allowed through NRT.
Flight disruptions will probably continue in the coming weeks, and possibly months, due to decreased demand amid travel restrictions. Authorities have also suspended international passenger ferry services.
Status of Opening to Tourists
Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Isle of Man
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
Wallis and Futuna
After rescheduling the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year, the land of the rising sun has announced that they will be reopening its borders for tourism this September. That is to say, Japan plans to start accepting travelers in three stages. For the first stage, essential travelers including business travelers, experts, and trainees. For the second stage, students and other educational-based arrivals. And for the last stage, general tourists.
Who Will Be Able To Enter Japan?
According to the Japanese Government, they are planning to first reopen borders for travelers from:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
While Japan's reopening is currently being prepared, the list above is a starting list where the coronavirus has been contained or which have important ties to Japan.
Are There Any Tests and/or Quarantine Upon Entry?
Arriving travelers who have recently visited a country affected by COVID-19 or who show symptoms will have to undergo tests at the airport and wait for the test results to arrive, which usually takes 2-3 hours. Furthermore, all arriving travelers, including those who did not get tested, will have to undergo a self-quarantine at a designated location (usually at a hotel or at home) and may not use public transportation for 14 days upon arrival.
However, the Japanese government has stated that travelers who obtain a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, and agree to have another test done upon arrival, can circumvent the 14-day quarantine, providing both tests are negative.
Safety Measures and Health Protocols
As of now, there's no law in place regarding in-public mask wearing and social distancing.
What's Open in Japan?
- Public transportation in Japan is open with reduced capacity.
- Restaurants and bars in Japan are open in reduced capacity and under social distancing instructions.
- Non-essential businesses and some leisure attractions are resuming.
- In addition, large events and gatherings remain suspended.
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Information for Non-Tourists
Authorities permit foreigners with student or work visas, permanent residents, long-term resident visa holders, and spouses and children of Japanese nationals and permanent residents to enter if they departed before the government enacted an entry ban for their respective countries.
Such persons must get a Re-entry Confirmation Letter from the nearest Japanese diplomatic mission and obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours of departure to enter the country.
Effective Sep. 1, the entry letter and testing requirement will apply to all returning permanent residents, long-term resident visa holders, and spouses and children of Japanese nationals and permanent residents, regardless of their departure date.
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