Covid-19: The Current Situation in Japan and Countermeasures

Post date: Friday, June 18, 2021

This is a summary of the Japanese government’s response to Covid-19 and the countermeasures taken. In this article you can learn about the situations regarding immigration, socio-economic activities, schools, and more. We hope this information will be helpful for those who are planning on moving or returning to Japan. Since the situation changes daily, please check the latest information on each of the websites linked throughout the article below.


What's New? ( June 18 )

1) Updated: Current Numbers of Covid-19

2) Current Restrictions in Japan


Current Restrictions in Japan

The Japanese government set the Covid-19 state of emergency in these prefectures below until June 20.

Bars and restaurants in most of these prefectures that serve alcohol or offer karaoke are requested to shut down. Other restaurants where they do not serve alcohol are allowed to open until 8 p.m.

Hokkaido, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Okayama, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Okinawa

The state of emergency will be lifted in Tokyo and eight other prefectures on June 20. Okinawa will remain under the state of emergency until July 11. The state of emergency will shift to a quasi-state of emergency in Hokkaido, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, and Fukuoka (until July 11).

The state of "quasi-state of emergency (pre-emergency)" is enforced in the following prefectures:

Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Mie, Gifu (until July 11)

Restaurants and bars are requested to shorten their business hours and close by 8 p.m. and in some cities restaurants are requested to refrain from serving alcoholic beverages.

Please check each prefecture's details as regulations can vary.

Coronavirus Vaccinations

Please read: Cabinet Public Relations Office

You can also call Covid-19 Vaccine Call Centre in English.

TEL: 0120-761770 (calls are free of charge)

Hours: 9:00 - 21:00

Current Numbers of Covid-19 Cases in Japan

Updated on June 18 according to NHK World
New Cases: 1,554 | New Death: 47

Restrictions on Entry to Japan

The situation is constantly changing. Please refer to the following websites for the latest information or contact the embassy.

 

Who Can Enter Japan

Since 14 January, the restriction level has been increased. The Japanese government is not accepting new arrivals from overseas except Japanese nationals and foreigners who are residents of Japan. 

 

Please bookmark these pages and check constantly as the situation has been changing frequently.

Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Phased Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel

For those who arrive in Japan

 

(1) Enforced quarantine measures

All travelers including Japanese nationals have to submit a certificate of negative test result conducted within 72 hours prior to departing from the country/region where travelers stay 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. Please consult with Embassies or Consulates or Consular Office of Japan in case it is truly difficult to obtain the certificate of negative test result.

All those who enter, re-enter or return to Japan (including Japanese nationals) are also subject to conducting of COVID-19 test upon arrival no matter whether arriving from the countries/regions designated as an area subject to denial of permission to enter Japan or notuntil further notice.

Then they are required to stay 14 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief (own residence etc.) and to refrain from using public transportation.

From January 14, 2021 until further notice, 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 centers 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. In case of violation, they may be subject to detention under Quarantine Act and the following shall apply:

(ⅰ) For Japanese nationals, names and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public.

(ⅱ) 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 accommodation booked by the quarantine office) for 14 days.

For more details:

Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Regarding denial of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Covid-19: Necessary Preparations Before Entering Japan

Arrivals from countries/regions with high concern of coronavirus variant (B.1.617) 


Entering or Re-Entering from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Maldives, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or Afghanistan

 

The re-entry into Japan of foreign nationals with status of residence who have stayed in countries/regions with high concern of coronavirus variant (B.1.617) confirmed for the first time in India within 14 days prior to the application for landing will be denied for the time being unless there are special exceptional circumstances. 

(Note 1) subject countries and regions of the measures will be designated and confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The designation is duly announced.

  • India, Pakistan, Nepal, Maldives, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan

(Note 2) Foreign nationals with the status of residence of “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission by the next day of the designation mentioned in (Note1) above with intent to re-entry into Japan from those countries/regions mentioned in (Note 1) above, are treated as persons in special exceptional circumstances. Foreign nationals with the status "Special Permanent Resident" are not within the scope of this entry ban.

According to the above measure, when foreign nationals, who departed from Japan with a re-entry permit before August 31, 2020 and who were not permitted to re-enter Japan because the validity period of the re-entry permission expired after the country/regions of stay was designated an area subject to denial of landing and, have already obtained a visa based on the newly issued Certificate of Eligibility (COE), they will be subject to denial of landing for the time being if they have stayed in those designated countries/regions mentioned in (Note 1) above within 14 days prior to the application for landing.


Quarantine measures for arrivals mentioned above (10 days quarantine at specific facilities designated)

 

(iii) All cross-border travelers and returners from some of the countries/regions which are separately listed among the designated countries/regions with ”coronavirus variant confirmed for the first time in India” are requested, as additional measures, for the time being, to stay for 10 days at facilities designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (limited only to those facilities secured by the Quarantine Station).

In addition, those who obtain negative results of all COVID-19 tests conducted on the third, sixth and tenth days from the entry into Japan, may leave the facilities, but are still required to stay for the remaining period of 14 days after the entry into Japan at a location designated by the Quarantine Station (own residence etc.)

 

Entering or Re-Entering from Malaysia, Vietnam, or United Kingdom (6 days quarantine at specific facilities designated)

 

(ⅱ) Among all cross-border travelers and returnees from the countries/regions mentioned above, especially those from countries/regions of high concern judged from a comprehensive assessment factoring in the current infection status, results of the COVID-19 test during the quarantine inspection at the Japanese airports among others, are requested, for the time being, to get tested for COVID-19 on the 3rd and 6th days from the entry into Japan.

Then those who obtain the negative results of both COVID-19 tests, may leave from facilities secured by the Quarantine Station, but are still required to stay for the remaining period of 14 days after the entry into Japan at a location designated by the quarantine station chief (own residence etc.)

 

Entering or Re-entering from designated countries/regions with coronavirus variant (B.1.617) confirmed for the first time in India

Ireland, Netherlands, Greece, Finland, France, Poland, Jordan, the UK, Kazakhstan, Tunisia, Denmark, South Africa, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Nigeria, Belgium, Estonia, Czech, Hungary, Luxembourg, Lebanon, Ukraine, Philippines, Ontario (Canada), Spain, Peru, Thailand
USA (Tennessee, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Idaho, Arizona, Oklahoma, Oregon, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, New York, Nevada, Nebraska, Maine, Montana, Rhode Island
)

Some countries / regions are already listed as countries/regions with community transmission of coronavirus variants of concern, which is subject to the same measures for border enforcement as mentioned below.


Quarantine measures for arrivals from countries/regions mentioned above (3 days quarantine at specific facilities designated)

 

Japanese and Foreign nationals arriving from designated countries/regions with coronavirus variant (B.1.617) confirmed for the first time in India are requested to stay for 3 days at specific facilities designated by the chief of the quarantine station (limited to the accommodations facilities designated by the chief of the quarantine station), and then required to take the COVID-19 tests on the third day.

Those who have negative result in the test may leave the facility and are requested to self-quarantine at home during the remaining period of 14 days after entering Japan.

Please read Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for details.

Countries with the New Variant of Coronavirus(3 days quarantine at specific facilities designated)

 

All Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with status of residence are required to obtain the “certificate of negative test result“. They are required to self-quarantine for 3 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief (only at the accommodations booked by the quarantine office) until further notice. On the third day they are required to take the COVID-19 test again. Those who have negative result in this test are still required to self-quarantine at home as a substitute for the accommodations booked by the quarantine office till passing 14 days after entering Japan.

From January 14, 2021, all Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with status of residence are 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(PDF) 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.

(Note 1) subject countries and regions of the measures will be designated and confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The designation is duly announced.

South Africa, Ireland, Brazil, the UAE, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Nigeria, France, Belgium, Estonia, Czech Republic, Pakistan, Hungary, Poland, Luxemburg, Lebanon, Ukraine, Philippines, Canada (Province of Ontario), Spain, Finland, India, Peru, U.S.A. (States of Tennessee, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota), Peru, Nepal

*Some countries / regions are already listed above (as a country or region with coronavirus variant (B.1.617))

Please read Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for details.

Exclusive Bus Service for Foreign Arrivals at Narita Airport and Haneda Airport

Airport Limousine has launched Exclusive Bus Service for Foreign Arrivals. This special bus departs from Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport and run runs directly to hotels in Tokyo. Currently 14 hotels in Tokyo are listed. Please read further on Airport Limousine website.

Airport PCR Center

For people who leave Japan and require a coronavirus testing before departure, there is a coronavirus testing center at Narita Airport . At Narita Airport PCR Center, departing travelers are able to obtain a negative test result certificate within 2 hours (until the end of November it could take up to 6 hours since the new PCR laboratory has to be ready). If you make an appointment, the cost would be ¥39,800 for a test and a negative certificate, and it is ¥46,500 without appointment. Anyone can take the test however, those who have the symptom of the covid-19 (such as a fever or cough) are not accepted.

Japan National Tourism Organization

Areas subjected to entry bans

The Ministry of Justice

Please click the English title in the linked site below.

Notice on refusal of landing

Socio-Economic Activities in Japan

There is a restriction for big events over certain number of people, other than that it depends on the region as mentioned above (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama declared a state of emergency).

Restaurants and Bars

Some restaurants and bars are requested to shorten their opening hours (it depends on the region).

Schools

Public Schools and Private Schools

The regulation varies depending on the local government (for public schools) and on the private school itself however, all schools have reopened.

International Schools

The countermeasures taken depend on the school however all the listed schools below have reopened for the new semester. Most of the schools have still been accepting new students for the new semester and you can also find schools that offer virtual school tours.

International Schools (Tokyo, Yokohama)

The current status of each school. Please contact them for further details.

Canadian International School School Calendar
Chiyoda International School School Calendar
International School of the Sacred Heart School Calendar
K International School School Calendar
Seisen International School School Calendar
Shinagawa International School School Calendar
St. Mary’s International School School Calendar
St. Maur International School School Calendar
The American School in Japan School Calendar
The British School in Tokyo School Calendar
Tokyo International School School Calendar
Yokohama International School School Calendar

Municipal offices

They are open as usual.

Traveling to another regions

Some of the prefectural governors request people not to travel to Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama due to the declaration of emergency. The Go to Travel Campaign is suspended. If you have booked your trip please contact your travel agency for details.

Please also refer to Traveling in New Normal.

Transportation

Trains

Running as usual

Shinkansen

Running as usual (in some areas there are less Shinkansen running than usual)

Flights

For both international and domestic flights, some flights are suspended, reduced, or have had their schedules changed.

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