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Region: East Asia

Pandemic Travel Alert


Most recent update: 2021-07-13 - No Entry


General Policy
  1. Starting 3 April 2020, entry denied to all travellers who have visited any of 159 countries/territories within the last 14 days unless there are special circumstances. Nationals of Japan and their spouses and children are exempt and allowed entry. Residents of Japan with 'Permanent Resident' or 'Long Term Resident', who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission by 2 April 2020 are exempt and allowed entry. Travellers with a Special Permanent Residence Permit are exempt and allowed entry. However, they must have a Re-entry Permit from a regional immigration officer.
  2. As 0f 25 March 2021, the Phased Measure for Resuming Cross-Border Travel based on the decision on 25 September 2020, which enabled entry into Japan from all countries and regions from 1 October 2020, is suspended. On 18 March 2021, the government suspended the “Business Track” and “Residence Track” with all the countries/regions covered under the framework. The new entry of foreign nationals under these two tracks will not be permitted.
  1. Travel Japan: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advisory information
  2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

COVID-19 Related Entry Requirements

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Pre-pandemic visa rules


Passport Validity
Valid for the intended period of stay
Other Documents
Advisable to arrive with: (1)a fixed-date, confirmed return ticket (E-tickets are also accepted) or onward journey ticket, (2) relevant documentation concerning itinerary (i.e. hotel reservations, conference details…), (3) proof of sufficient funds
- Visa-exempt passports do not require a Transit Visa. For all passports, no transit visa required for transiting through Japan within the same airport without leaving the secured area when holding onward tickets transiting on the same calendar day, or up to 72 hours through Tokyo Haneda (HND) or Osaka Kansai (KIX).
Dual Nationality
U.S. policy on dual nationality can be found here.

Additional Notes

  1. Travellers holding passports with visa exemptions permitting stays of up to 6 months under the bilateral visa exemption (Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland, United Kingdom) who wish to stay for more than 90 days are required to apply for an extension before the period of permitted stay expires.
  2. For Barbados, Turkey, and Lesotho: exemption limited to ICAO-compliant Machine-Readable Passports (MRP) or ePassports.
  3. For Malaysia: exemption limited to ICAO-compliant ePassports.