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Source: Japan National Tourism Organization

09.08.2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions

Table of Contents

Measures by the Government of Japan

1. Areas subjected to entry ban

2. Denial of the re-entry from certain countries/regions designated in response to coronavirus variants of special concern on border measures

3. Quarantine measures

4. Suspension of visa validity

5. Suspension of visa exemption measures

6. Restrictions on airports/ports for arrival

7. Entry of foreign nationals with special exceptional circumstances

8. State of emergency


All coronavirus-related information on this website is gathered from the government ministries and authorities responsible for handling COVID-19 restrictions and measures. Due to the regularly changing situation and the constant updating of information, it is essential that you always check for updates and follow the latest guidance from the relevant ministries and official bodies.

Measures by the Government of Japan

1. Areas subjected to entry ban

Foreign nationals categorized below are denied permission to enter Japan for the time being, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Foreign nationals who have stayed in any of the areas listed in the following table within 14 days prior to the application for landing.

AsiaBangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste
North AmericaCanada, United States of America
Latin America and the CaribbeanArgentine, 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
EuropeAlbania, 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 EastAfghanistan, Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
AfricaAlgeria, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central Africa, Comoros, Cote d’lvoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

For details, please check the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section1 

The Government of Japan announced “Phased Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel” whereby it intends to establish a special quota pertaining to cross-border business travelers and others for entry into and departure from Japan, that operates separately from general procedures for cross-border travelers.

(temporarily suspended from January 14th, 2021)

For details, please check the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html#section1 


2. Denial of the re-entry from certain countries/regions designated in response to coronavirus variants of special concern on border measures

The re-entry into Japan of foreign nationals with status of residence who have stayed in certain countries/regions designated in response to coronavirus variants of special concern on border measures within 14 days prior to the application for landing are denied for the time being unless there are special exceptional circumstances.

For details, please check the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section2 


3. Quarantine measures

The current quarantine measures are strengthened and are decided to remain in place until further notice.

For more information, please check the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section3 


4. Suspension of visa validity

Validity of visas listed below is suspended.

(1) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by March 8th, 2020 by Japanese Embassies or Consulates General in China (including Hong Kong and Macau) and Republic of Korea


(2) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by March 20th, 2020 by Japanese Embassies and Consulates General in the following countries

EuropeAndorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican
Middle EastIran
AfricaEgypt

(3) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by March 27th, 2020 by Japanese Embassies and Consulates General in the following countries

AsiaBrunei, Indonesia (note), Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam
Note: including seal of “visa wavier registration certificate”
Middle EastBahrain, Israel, Qatar
AfricaDemocratic Republic of the Congo

(4) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by April 2nd, 2020, by Japanese Embassies and Consulates General located in or accredited to the following countries and regions

AsiaBangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste
OceaniaCook, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
Latin America and the CaribbeanAntigua and Barbuda, Argentine, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela
EuropeAzerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Middle EastAfghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates (note), Yemen
Note: including seal of “visa wavier registration certificate”
AfricaAlgeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles , Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

(5) From 12:00 am (JST) on January 21st, 2021, the validity of visas already issued under “Business Track” or “Residence Track” and visas issued based on “New measures for border enforcement” is suspended.

The measure described in paragraph 4 (1) - (5) will be implemented for the time being.

For details, please check the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section4 


5. Suspension of visa exemption measures

As visa exemption measures with the countries and regions listed below are now suspended.

(1) Visa exemption measures agreed with Japan and the following countries and regions

AsiaBangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam
OceaniaAustralia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon
Latin America and the CaribbeanArgentine, Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay
EuropeAndorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican
Middle EastIsrael, Iran, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates
AfricaLesotho, Tunisia

(2) The effect of Pre-Clearances (i.e. visa exemptions) granted by the Japanese Government to APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) issued by the following countries and regions is also suspended.


Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam


The measure described in paragraph 5 (1)(2) will be implemented for the time being.

For details, please check the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section5 


6. Restrictions on airports/ports for arrival

The Government of Japan announced some measures concerning arrivals at airports/ports.

These measures will be in place for the time being.

For more information, please check the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section6 


7. Entry of foreign nationals with special exceptional circumstances

Currently, in most cases, foreign nationals who wish to newly enter Japan need to apply for a visa.

Please apply for an appropriate visa at Embassies or Consulates or Consular Office of Japan (for Taiwan, Taipei Kaohsiung offices of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association) in your country/region.

For more information, please check the following page.
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section7 


8. State of emergency

The Japanese government has declared a state of emergency for the following prefectures.


  • Targeted prefectures:

Okinawa, Tokyo

Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama, Osaka (from August 2nd, 2021)

  • Period: until August 31st, 2021


Further information: https://www.japan.travel/en/

Source: WCO/Customs and Tariff Bureau - Japan

03.06.2020


Flexibilities concerning the AEO Programme


Japan Customs has introduced the basic policy to refrain from physical contact with traders as
far as possible during the outbreak of coronavirus. This measure includes relevant AEO
validation processes.


Considering the situation, the necessary physically-checking process in the course of on-site
validation by the AEO section has been substituted by the examination on the data, e.g. the
facilities' photo, and the company's internal documents, which are communicated via e-mail.
Additionally, the necessary documents, including the application for AEO status, could officially
be submitted by e-mail, as a general measure for flexibility.


Through these measures, Japan Customs has provided flexible approach to traders for their
AEO processes.



Source: WCO/Customs and Tariff Bureau - Japan

30.03.2020

 

Customs clearance procedures relating to countermeasures to the COVID- 19

 1.     Customs clearance procedures on relief goods, etc.

Customs clearance has been prioritized for relief goods relating to countermeasures to the COVID-19 and for goods such as water and fuel that require an urgent clearance to maintain the lifeline.


Customs duties and consumption taxes are exempted for the importation of abovementioned goods with the submission of simplified declaration form that enables declarants not to submit the certificate for duty exemption for donated goods, etc. (The form can be found at https://www.customs.go.jp/news/news/form_kyuen.pdf )


Relief goods relating to countermeasures to the COVID-19 can be exported with a simplified declaration format.


2.   Flexibility in customs procedures

Since it is expected that importers/exporters and Customs brokers telework as a countermeasure to the COVID-19, flexible measures for import/export procedures have been adopted as follows:


(1)   Customs declaration at convenient Customs offices

If it is difficult to lodge Customs declaration to designated Customs office due to the COVID-19, importers/exporters and Customs brokers can lodge import/export declarations to Customs offices which are more convenient to them, based on a prior consultation with Customs.


(2)   Relaxation of the requirement of seal

With regard to certain documents on which seals by importers/exporters and Customs brokers are required for import/export declarations or for the submission of such documents to Customs after import/export permission, if it is difficult to seal such documents due to the COVID-19, the requirement of seal is exempted.


(3)   Relaxation of the requirement of original copies


With regard to certain documents whose original copies are required to be submitted to Customs at the time of import/export declaration, if it is difficult to submit them due to the COVID-19, the original copies can be submitted by electric means. (N.B. The original copies need to be submitted to Customs by the date designated by Customs. Customs designates the date by taking into account situations of importers/exporters.)


With regard to certain documents whose original copies are required to be submitted to Customs within three days from the day of import/export permission, if it is difficult to submit them due to the COVID-19, the original copies can be submitted to Customs by the date designated by Customs. Customs designates the date by taking into account situations of importers/exporters.


(4)   Teleworking of Customs brokers

Offer (consultation) to Customs brokers to start teleworking has been flexibly accepted. Japan Customs permit teleworking to customs brokers flexibly.


(5)   Others
  • Flexibility in the term for the submission of certificate of origin,
  • Flexibility in the lodgment of financial security to extend the term for duty payment.


Web-link to relevant information

As of 4 March, Japan prioritized customs clearance for relief supplies, water and fuel. Source: Japan Customs (https://www.customs.go.jp/news/news/20200304_index.htm) (in Japanese)

Customs duties and consumption taxes are exempted for the importation of priority goods with simplified declaration form
Relief goods relating to countermeasures to the COVID-19 can be exported with a simplified declaration format.
Flexibility in customs procedures, including lodging Customs declaration in convenient locations; relaxation of the requirement of seal; submission of documents electronically Source: Japan Customs (as posted on WCO website); Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2020/0214_004.html; https://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2020/0305_001.html)






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