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    LOW MEDICAL RISK for Japan
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Japan


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? Yes
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Entry rules
• Inbound travel for local nationals / residents
- All international arrivals (foreign and Japanese nationals, as well as those under special arrangements) are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result from a test conducted within the 72 hours prior to their arrival to Japan. Those who cannot submit the test certificate, or do not meet the requirements for the test certificate, will not be allowed to board a flight to Japan.
- Foreign nationals with resident status are permitted to re-enter Japan except those who have been to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the past 14 days.
Other categories of foreign nationals which may be permitted to enter Japan include:
- Foreign nationals who departed from Japan with a re-entry permit before 31 August 2020 and who were not permitted to re-enter Japan because the validity period of the re-entry permission expired after the country/region of stay was designated an area subject to denial of landing.
- Spouse or child of a Japanese national/permanent resident.
- Spouse or child of a foreign national who has a status of residence of 'Long Term Resident' whose family is staying in Japan and who has been separated from their family.
- A foreign national who is going to acquire the status of 'Medical Services', and who contributes to the enhancement and strengthening of Japanese medical systems.
- Depending on the purpose of entry, a visa obtained at the local Japanese diplomatic mission may be required.
- Passengers returning to/entering Japan are recommended to complete the online quarantine questionnaire and install this app (https://arqs-qa.followup.mhlw.go.jp/?_sm_au_=ijVq4snFts3fV5FQJf17vK0T8QQJ4#/ ) for monitoring during the two-week quarantine period using video calls and to provide travel history, health condition and other details prior arrival.

• Inbound travel for 'third country' nationals
Japan has banned the entry of foreign nationals who stayed in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days prior to landing with a valid resident status, unless there are special exceptional circumstances.

Entry for foreign nationals who have been to the following countries in the 14 days prior to arrival remains prohibited unless there are special exceptional circumstances:
- Asia:
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste

- North America:
Canada, US

- Latin America and the Caribbean:
Argentine, 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, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

- Europe:
Albania, 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, 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, UK, Uzbekistan, Vatican

- Middle East:
Afghanistan, Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

- Africa:
Algeria, Botswana, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Congo (DRC), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

- For what constitutes special exceptional circumstances, please refer to: http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/content/001347332.pdf
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements
• Who needs to test? + Type of test and timeframe
- Japanese nationals as well as foreign nationals who are allowed entry into the country are required to submit a certificate of negative test result conducted within 72 hours (from the sampling time to departure time of the flight) when entering Japan. Those who do not submit a certificate of negative test result will be denied entry into Japan in accordance with the Quarantine Act. Airline companies will reject boarding those without one. For the format of a negative test certificate, please see: https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page25e_000334.html
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements
- Japanese nationals as well as foreign nationals who are allowed entry will be requested to undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated place, which can be any of the following: homes, company housing, relatives' homes, friends' homes, monthly condominiums and hotels booked by the traveller. Please also note that facilities with places shared by multiple people, such as toilets and baths, are not eligible.

- At entry to Japan, the airport quarantine will check your smartphone if it has required applications including OEL (location identification app), MySOS (video call app) and COCOA (COVID-19 contact confirming app). The quarantine station will also check if location information (Google Maps) is enabled. Details can be found: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000753114.pdf

- All Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with the status of residence are also required to pledge to refrain from using public transportation for 14 days, and to be in quarantine at home or other designated areas for 14 days, retain the location data, and provide it to the health centres or other institutions, if requested (If separate quarantine measures are to be taken, those also need to be pledged). They are required to sign and submit the 'Written Pledge' (PDF) when entering Japan. Those who do not submit the Written Pledge are requested to stay at a location designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (only at the accommodation booked by the quarantine office) for 14 days. In case of violation, they may be subject to penalty under Quarantine Act. Foreign nationals who violate the quarantine requirements may be subject to the revocation of status of residence and procedures for deportation under Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law.

- Travellers are strongly encouraged to use private cars/hire cars to ferry themselves from the airport to the place of quarantine, refrain from taking public transport. For more information: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/kenkou_iryou/covid19_qa_kanrenkigyou_00001.html#Q3-1

- Travellers from countries where new variant strains of COVID-19 have been detected are required to adopt additional measures:
- Afghanistan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka: Travellers arriving from those countries must wait for ten days at their accommodation facility secured by the quarantine station at the airport after returning to Japan. They will undergo COVID-19 tests on the third, sixth and tenth days, and if those results are negative, they will be allowed to complete the remainder of the 14-day quarantine at home.
- Bangladesh, Egypt, Malaysia, the UK and Vietnam: Travellers from these countries must wait for six days at their accommodation facility secured by the quarantine station at the airport after returning to Japan. They will undergo COVID-19 tests on the third and sixth days of arrival, and if those results are negative, they will be allowed to complete the remainder of the 14-day quarantine at home.
- Austria, Belgium, Brazil (the State of Paraná), Canada (Ontario province), Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan (effective from 24 June), Latvia, Luxemburg, Netherland, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Portugal (effective from 24 June), South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, the UAE, Ukraine, the US (the states of Arizona, Arkansas (effective from 24 June), Colorado, Connecticut (effective until 24 June), Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Iowa (effective until 24 June), Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi Montana, Nevada, New York (effective until 24 June), Oregon, Rhode Island (effective until 24 June) and Washington): Travellers from those countries must wait for three days at their accommodation facility secured by the quarantine station at the airport after returning to Japan. They will undergo three COVID-19 tests on the third day of arrival, and if those results are negative, they will be allowed to complete the remainder of the 14-day quarantine at home.
- More details can be found here: https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html
(Ends 24 June 2021)
COVID-19 documentation required
- Please refer to Testing requirements and Quarantine requirements sections.
(Until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? Yes
(Until further notice)
Other outbound travel restrictions
- Transit passengers who were quarantined after disembarking are allowed to leave Japan before finishing the 14-day quarantine period.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? Yes
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
State of emergency
A state of emergency is in place in Okinawa until 11 July.
(Ends 11 July 2021)
Restrictions on businesses
- In Okinawa prefecture, where a state of emergency is in place, dining establishments have to close by 20.00. Serving alcohol is suspended. Major commercial facilities, such as department stores, shopping centres, theatres and amusement parks are closed or operating with reduced hours, though those selling essentials are exempt.
- In the prefectures of Aichi, Chiba, Fukuoka, Kanagawa, Hokkaido, Hyogo, Kyoto, Osaka, Saitama and Tokyo, restaurants and bars in designated areas are requested to close by 20.00. Delivery and takeaways are allowed.
(Ends 11 July 2021)
Planned changes and internal conditionsSummary - Changes to the following measures:
• Border restrictions? No
• Entry restrictions? No
• Testing requirements? No
• Quarantine requirements? No
• Vaccination requirements? No
• Transit restrictions? No
• COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Internal restrictions? Yes
• Outbound restrictions? No
• Other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Japan

COVID-19 information for Japan

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Japan is one of the world's safest destinations for foreign travellers. Petty crime is the main risk to visitors, especially in major cities, but levels remain low. Japan supported the US-led interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan. While a terrorist attack in Japan remains feasible, it is not a target for Islamist extremists, not least because of the operational difficulties such groups would face in such a homogeneous society.

Japan experiences frequent tremors and occasional more severe earthquakes; thousands of people were killed in March 2011 mainly due to a tsunami caused by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off Miyagi prefecture on the country's north-eastern coast. However, as a result of long experience dealing with such risks, the national infrastructure is highly resilient and Japanese civil authorities have a very high level of capability.

This information is intended as a summary of the security environment. However, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our security alerts to ensure that you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Japan
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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Japanese encephalitisVaccine is recommended for people who will
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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