Japan COVID-19 Travel Bans

Due to the coronavirus, visitors from these countries and territories will be denied entry into Japan.

Under the coronavirus travel restrictions, anyone who is not a Japanese citizen and has visited the countries or regions below in the past 14 days will be denied entry into Japan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan stated that barring special circumstances, there won’t be any exceptions.

Note that even if you are a foreigner living in Japan with a valid residence card, if you visit one of the following countries, you may be refused re-entry to Japan. Japanese citizens who enter Japan from one of these regions must test for the coronavirus on arrival.

North America

  • The United States
  • Canada

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Argentina
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Saint Kitts
  • Nevis
  • Uruguay

Europe

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • 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
  • Vatican City

Asia Pacific

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • China (including Hong Kong and Macau)
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Republic of Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Middle East

  •  Afghanistan
  • Bahrain
  • Israel
  • Iran
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates

Africa

  • Cabo Verde
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • South Africa

Special circumstances

As of May 27, all permanent residents, or spouses and children of permanent residents, or spouses and children of Japanese nationals, and long-term resident visa holders may be allowed re-entry if they are leaving the country after May 27 under certain circumstances.

Anyone with highly-skilled professional and working visas, student visas, or other statuses (tourists) will be denied entry.

On June 14, immigration authorities released a PDF outlying possible exceptions that will allow foreign residents to return to Japan while the entry-ban is still in place. While these conditions do not guarantee you re-entry in Japan, authorities will consider your circumstances. Likewise, some people have reported being able to re-enter after contacting immigration authorities (or their country’s embassy).

Foreigners who left BEFORE the May 27 ban

  • My family is staying in Japan, and we have become separated.
  • I departed from Japan with my child, who is enrolled in a Japanese educational institution, but my child is unable to go to school.
  • I need to re-enter Japan for treatment at a Japanese medical institution such as surgery (including re-examination) or childbirth.
  • I had to depart from Japan to visit a relative who was in critical condition abroad or to attend the funeral of a deceased relative.
  • I had to depart from Japan for treatment at a foreign medical institution such as surgery (including re-examination) or childbirth.
  • I had to depart from Japan after receiving a summons from a foreign court to appear as a witness.

Foreigners who left AFTER the May 27 ban

  •  I had to depart from Japan to visit a relative who was in critical condition abroad or to attend the funeral of a deceased relative.
  • I had to depart from Japan for treatment at a foreign medical institution such as surgery (including re-examination) or childbirth.
  • I had to depart from Japan after receiving a summons from a foreign court to appear as a witness.

Check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan’s official website for more information. 

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