8 Mar

The Government of Japan continues to enforce strict travel regulations that bar most non-resident foreigners, including tourists from newly entering into Japan. Japanese citizens and foreign residents with a reentry permit are generally allowed to reenter Japan but must comply with strict pre- and post- travel testing requirements and quarantine upon arrival. The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs websites have further details on the entry requirements for all travellers to Japan. Rules may be subject to change at short notice.

Travel for tourism is still not permitted. Visa-free travel is suspended. Travelers who believe they qualify for an exception to Japan’s strict entry controls should contact their nearest Japanese Embassy or consulate for information.

18 of Japan’s 47 prefectures (including Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto) are currently under States of Quasi-Emergency. A range of measures is in place, including restrictions on dining, school attendance and large-scale events.

Measures encouraging social distancing, mask-wearing and other basic precautions remain in place even in those prefectures which are not currently under State of (Quasi) Emergency. Some businesses may be closed, operating with reduced hours, and/or limiting visitor numbers.

A more restrictive State of Emergency, or other rules and controls, may be imposed at short notice.