Japan enforces border control measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Japanese authorities have implemented strict controls surrounding the entry of foreign nationals into the country.
Who will be affected?
All foreign nationals traveling to Japan
Effective from 12:00am 3rd April 2020, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice have announced border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as follows:
All single entry visas, multiple entry visas issued by 2nd April 2020 to passport holders from the below countries are invalidated:
Mongolia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, East Timor, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga, Nauru, Niue, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Fiji, Marshall, Micronesia
Argentina, Antigua and Barbuda, Uruguay, El Salvador, Guyana, Cuba, Guatemala, Grenada, Costa Rica, Colombia, Jamaica, Suriname, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Dominica (co), Trinidad and Tobago, Nicaragua, Haiti, Bahamas, Paraguay, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Belize, Peru, Honduras, Mexico
Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Belarus, Russia
Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates (including visa-exempt registrations issued to IC passport holders), Yemen, Iraq, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon
Algeria, Angola, Uganda, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Cape Verde, Gabon, Cameroon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Comoros, Congo (co), Sao Tome and Principe, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Djibouti, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Seychelles, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Chad, Central Africa, Tunisia, Togo, Nigeria, Namibia, Niger, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Benin, Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, South Africa, South Sudan, Mozambique, Mauritania, Libya, Liberia, Rwanda, Lesotho
Visa on arrival program is revoked to passport holders from the below countries:
Mongolia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, India, Bangladesh, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Nauru,
Papua New Guinea, Palau
Argentina, Uruguay, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Suriname, Dominica
Bahamas, Paraguay, Barbados, Peru, Honduras, Mexico
Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Turkmenistan
United Arab Emirates, Oman
Suspension of visa waiver under the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) agreement with Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Peru and Russia.
People who have been living in the below countries during recent 14days are denied entry to Japan:
Asia: Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, China (Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau), Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia
Oceania: Australia, New Zealand
North America: Canada, United States
Latin America: Ecuador, Chile, Dominica, Panama, Brazil, Bolivia
Europe: Iceland, Ireland, Albania, Armenia, Andorra, Italy, United Kingdom, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, Northern Macedonia, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Kosovo, San Marino, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Che Ko, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Vatican, Hungary, Finland, France, Bulgaria, Belgium, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Malta, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Romania, Luxembourg
Middle East: Israel, Iran, Turkey, Bahrain
Africa: Egypt, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, Morocco
Foreign nationals holding a passport issued in Hubei or Zhejiang, China
Foreigners boarding the Westerdam boat from Hong Kong
Effective from 12:00am 3rd April 2020, all people entering Japan are required to be quarantined at designated locations by the Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare of Japan for 14 days and are not allowed to use public transportations. They must cover all costs of the above measure.
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