BORDER STATUS Japan

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Japan

Country`s borders status

Borders of Japan are temporarily closed.

       A passenger cannot enter Japan if he or she was in  the following countries for the past 14 days:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chile, Comoros, Congo, DR Congo, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vatican, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

A passenger cannot enter Japan if he or she was in (or was transited via) the following countries for the past 14 days: Algeria, Cameroon, CAR, Costa Rica, Cuba, Esvatini, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Iraq, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Senegal or Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The rule doesn’t apply to:

  • citizens of Japan;
  • spouses or children of Japanese citizens, if they can prove it;
  • holders of the Special Permanent Residence Permit who have received a re-entry permission from Japanese authorities or have an embarkation/disembarkation card;
  • residents of Japan with a re-entry permit who left the country before 31 August. Residents of Japan with a re-entry permit who left the country after 1 September. They must obtain “Receipt for request of re-entry” issued by Immigration Services Agency. Both of above-mentioned types of residents must have printed medical certificate with negative COVID-19 test result. The certificate must be issued no more than 72 hours before arrival and the method of sample collecting must be “nasopharyngeal swab” or “saliva”.
  • passengers with a valid visa issued before passengers from the country they are located in were barred from the entry to Japan. They must also be holders of a printed medical certificate with negative COVID-19 test result. The certificate must be issued no more than 72 hours before arrival and be in English. A sample for should be taken by a nasopharyngeal swab;
  • holders of valid diplomatic or official visa, issued by Japan;
  • holders of valid visas issued before 2 April, 2020 by Japanese authorities in Australia and New Zealand, or by Taipei offices of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association.
Visa waiver has been suspended for a holders of a British passport, as well as Hong Kong and Macau passports. Visa waiver has been suspended for a citizens of the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland , France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and the Vatican. Chinese citizens with a passport issued in Hubei or Zhejiang are not allowed in Japan, unless passengers can prove that they have not been in Hubei and Zhejiang for the past 14 days. Visas issued on or before 08 March 2020 in the following countries, have been suspended: China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Macao. Visas issued on or before 27 March 2020 in the following countries, have been suspended: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran , Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Vatican. Visas issued on or before 02 April 2020 in the following countries, have been suspended: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Isl., Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Isl., Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States), Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian Territory, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles , Sierra Leone, Solomon Isl., Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

Starting from 21 January 2021 visas with “EX-B” or “EX-R” remarks are no longer valid for enter Japan, if they were issued in one of the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam.

Arriving passengers must have printed medical certificate in English with a negative antigen, LAMP or RT-PCR COVID-19 test result. The certificate must be issued no more than 72 hours before departure.

This rule doesn’t applies to:

  • citizens of Japan;
  • passengers arriving from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Laos, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam;
  • holders of diplomatic or official visa;
  • passengers with a Special Permanent Residence Permit.

Arriving passengers are subject to medical screening. They must have a completed Quarantine Questionnaire and present a QR code upon arrival. Passengers will undergo a coronavirus test on arrival and will be quarantined for 14 days.


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