Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Japan: Travel advisory

Japan Coronavirus outbreak

COVID-19 entry restrictions are in place in Japan. This page is updated regularly to provide you with the most recent travel news.

Below you’ll find information about visa suspensions, vaccine and quarantine requirements, and other coronavirus measures in Japan.

Current COVID-19 Regulations in Japan

Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Japan are reviewed and updated regularly.

Restrictions were recently eased and restaurants, tourist attractions, and transportation are now operating. More information can be found below.

End of state of emergency in Japan

Japan lifted the state of emergency and quasi-state of emergency for all prefectures on October 1, 2021.

State of emergency restrictions have ended in all prefectures that had been affected by the measures. This means bars, shopping malls, cinemas, and other venues may reopen.

The falling number of COVID-19 cases in Japan and high vaccination rates have allowed the government to ease restrictions.

Attractions have reopened in Japan

The state of emergency has been lifted in all Japanese prefectures, and most attractions have now reopened. This includes museums, art galleries, and theme parks in Tokyo and Osaka.

Nevertheless, reduced capacity limits and shorter opening hours are expected to continue for some time.

Public transportation restrictions within Japan

Public transport, including trains, is operating in Japan. Travelers are advised to refer to Japanese train status updates issued by each individual operator to check if a service they plan to use remains affected by temporary Shinkansen COVID-19 restrictions:

It should be noted that physical distancing requirements and obligatory use of face masks remain in place on most public transportation services in Japan.

Japan travel restrictions and entry requirements

Japan continues to uphold a travel ban for most arriving passengers during COVID-19

Nevertheless, Japanese nationals and foreign residents in Japan may enter, there are also some exemptions for essential travel.

Travelers must present a medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours before departure. International arrivals are subject to another test when they land and must self-isolate for 2 weeks.

They also need to complete a Quarantine Questionnaire. A QR code is generated which must be presented on arrival.

Transit through Japan is only currently permitted at Narita Airport on the same calendar day.

Quarantine measures when returning to Japan

All travelers returning from countries or regions where the omicron variant is dominant must self-isolate at their place of residence or accommodation for 10 days. This rule applies regardless of vaccination status.

Quarantine requirements when arriving from other countries vary. Travelers must check the self-isolation rules for their country of origin and vaccination status.

COVID-19 restrictions eased for business travelers and students

Before the emergence of the omicron variant, foreigners were allowed to enter the country for short business trips, study programs, and technical training. However, all foreign entries have now been temporarily suspended in response to omicron.

The quarantine requirement for fully vaccinates business travelers and students was cut to just 3 or 10 days respectively on November 8, 2021.

The reduced quarantine measures also apply to Japanese citizens returning from overseas business trips.

Receiving organizations, which will include companies and schools, will have to report on their infection control measures.

Update: new entries have been banned at least the end of February 2022 due to concerns over the omicron variant.

Who Can Travel to Japan Now?

It has not yet been confirmed when Japan will open its borders. However, there are hopes that some foreign tourism could be permitted soon.

Non-Japanese nationals can only enter the country in exceptional circumstances at this time.

There are some exemptions to Japan’s travel ban if you’re traveling to study, work, or join family. If you are able to enter Japan at this time, you’ll still need to get tested before departure and follow quarantine rules.

Be aware that entry rules are subject to change at short notice. If you believe you may be exempt from the entry ban, you should check with the nearest embassy and get all the latest information, before making any travel plans.

Countries and regions banned to enter Japan

All foreign visitors are currently banned from entering Japan. Non-Japanese nationals may only enter in exceptional circumstances.

Foreigners who are exempt from the entry ban must apply for the relevant visa at an embassy or consulate of Japan.

Visa suspensions in Japan due to coronavirus

Visas issued before December 2, 2021, are suspended, except for ‘Spouse or Child of a Japanese National, Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident, or Diplomat.
Business Track and Residence Track visas remain suspended.

Japan has also temporarily announced the suspension of the visa exemption program for all foreign citizens.

Travel advisories

Check the up-to-date travel advisories for Japan regarding COVID-19 from your country below:

COVID-19 Health and Safety Advice

Japan’s Health Ministry has stated that the two most effective ways to curb the spread of coronavirus are to frequently wash hands and use a face mask when out in public:

  • You should wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Make sure to wash between fingers, and under nails.
  • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The mask should cover your mouth, nose and chin, and be disposed of after a single use.

The US CDC has also advised any travelers to Japan to follow some other basic safety measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with anyone displaying suspected symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you have fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, stay home and seek medical care by calling in advance.
  • Monitor your health and practice social distancing for 14 days after returning to your country of residence.

The CDC defines Social distancing as avoiding group gatherings and crowded places and maintaining approximately 2 meters of distance from others when possible.

For the latest travel advisory and information about restrictions, please visit the Japan National Tourism Organization’s site.

Hotline for tourist information

The Japan National Tourism Organization has also set up a coronavirus hotline for tourist information available in 3 languages: English, Chinese, or Korean:

From within Japan:
050 3816 2787

If overseas:
+81 50 3816 2787

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