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In response to the spread of mutated strains of coronavirus and the declaration of a state of emergency, the Japanese Government is fortifying border controls and quarantine measures for people entering Japan.
Please confirm the following link regarding the restrictions on entry and the strengthening of quarantine systems for customers entering Japan from the UK and South Africa.
On December 26, 2020, the Government of Japan announced the suspension of the Phased Measure for Resuming Cross-Border Travel based on the decision on September 25, 2020, which enabled entry into Japan from all countries and regions from October 1, 2020.
This suspension will be implemented till the end of January 2021.
Those who have stayed in countries and regions categorized as level 3 (Avoid All Travel) of MOFA’s Travel Advice and Warning on Infectious Diseases within 14 days before arriving in Japan) will be denied entry even if they have a valid newly entry visa that has already been issued.
Those who have been in countries and regions categorized as level 2 (Avoid All Travel) of MOFA’s Travel Advice and Warning on Infectious Diseases within 14 days before arriving in Japan) will not be denied entry into Japan if they have a valid newly visa that has already been issued.
※If you have a residence status of japan with a valid re-entry permit you will not subject to entry denial.
For the details of MOFA’s Travel Advice and Warning on Infectious Diseases, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
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Till the end of January 2021, the framework for business persons residing in Japan which enables limited business activities during the 14-day stay at home period upon their return/re-entry into Japan after short-term business trip will not be applied to those who are arriving from all countries and regions.
Starting January 9, 2021 at 0 AM (Japan Time), all persons entering Japan will be tested for the Coronavirus infection at the arrival airport.
You may have to wait for a long time at the airport until the test results come out.
After 0 AM on January 13, 2021 (Japan Time), it is necessary for all persons who return to or enter Japan from abroad, regardless of the country or region in which they are arriving from, to submit a negative certificate for the Coronavirus infection within 72 hours before leaving the country of stay.
If you cannot submit the negative certificate for the Coronavirus infection, you will be asked to stay at an accommodation facility secured by the quarantine station and will be required additional quarantine inspection measures.
Please prepare a negative certificate for the Coronavirus infection before entering Japan.
The following forms prepared by the Japanese government are recommended. You can also submit a certificate issued by a medical institution, but it must contain all necessary information.
In order to view PDF documents, you will need to install Adobe Reader on your computer.
From January 14, 2021, all Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with status of residence are newly required to pledge to provide the location data to the health centers or other institutions if requested. They are required to sign the Written Pledge when entering Japan. In case of violation, they may be subject to detention under Quarantine Act and the following measures may apply;
(1) For Japanese nationals, names and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public.
(2) For foreign nationals with the status of residence, names, nationalities, and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public. They may also be subject to the revocation of status of residence and procedures for deportation under Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law. 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 accommodations booked by the quarantine office) for 14 days.
Please retrieve Written Pledge is from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan page.
New entry of foreigners using the business and residence track system will be prohibited from all applicable countries and regions.
In addition, the government has decided not to allow Japanese nationals who have travelled overseas by business track or those who have resident status to relax the 14 day waiting period after returning to and re-entering Japan.
* Started at 0 AM on January 14, 2021 (Japan Time).
* After 0 AM on January 21, 2021 (Japan Time) till the lifting of the state of emergency in Japan, the validity of visas already issued under “Business Track” or “Residence Track” and visas issued based on New measures for border enforcement will be suspended.
（Excluding those who have stayed in the United Kingdom or the Republic of South Africa within 14 days.）
From December 30, 2020, all the Japanese retunee and re-entrants from the countries/regions where government authorities have confirmed that they have been infected with the of mutated strains of coronavirus, are required to submit a negative certificate for the Coronavirus infection within 72 hours before leaving the country of stay and will be tested for the Coronavirus infection at the arrival airport. If you cannot submit the negative certificate for the Coronavirus infection, you will be asked to stay at an accommodation facility designated by the quarantine station. Please prepare an negative certificate for the Coronavirus infection before your departure.
Please see the above form prepared by Japanese government.
For more information, please visit the MHLW website.
Please confirm thefollowing link regarding the restrictions on entry and the strengthening of quarantine systems for customers entering Japan from the UK and South Africa.
For details, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Overseas Safety Website, or contact the Embassy or Consulate of Japan overseas.
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January 22, 2021