Covid-19: The Current Situation in Japan and Countermeasures

Poste date: Tuesday, September 21, 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? ( September 21 )

1) Current Cases in Japan
2) Quarantine measures

Current Restrictions in Japan

The Japanese government set the Covid-19 state of emergency in these prefectures:

[until September 30]
Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Okinawa, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Fukuoka, Hokkaido, Gifu, Aichi, Mie, Shiga, Hiroshima


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

[until September 30]
Ishikawa, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Kagawa, Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Miyagi, Okayama


Restaurants and bars are requested to shorten their business hours 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 September 21 according to Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
New PCR Positive Cases: 3,395 | New Death:  48

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 not until 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


Quarantine measures 

Required 3 Days Quarantine at Specific Facilities

Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, India, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Uruguay, United Kingdom, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Greece, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Greece, Kyrgyzstan, Costa Rica, Colombia, Zambia, Georgia, Spain, Suriname, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Tanzania, Chile, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay Bangladesh, Philippines, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Belgium, Bolivia, Portugal, Malaysia, Republic of South Africa, Myanmar, Mozambique, Maldives, Libya, Russia (Khabarovsk region and Moscow city)


With regard to countries/regions other than countries/regions based on the designation mentioned in (2) above, taking those elements such as the number of persons newly infected with coronavirus in each country/region, the recent positive ratio of the COVID-19 test during the quarantine inspection at the Japanese airports among others into account, and judged from a comprehensive assessment of the risk of inflow of the coronavirus from each country/region, all cross-border travelers and returnees from countries/regions judged as having the risk of inflow of the coronavirus are requested, for the time being, to stay 3 days at facilities designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (limited only to those facilities secured by the Quarantine Station) as “designated countries/regions in response to coronavirus infection other than coronavirus variants with special concern in terms of border measures” according to the another designation based on this measure. In addition, those who obtain negative results of all COVID-19 tests conducted on the third day 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 own residence etc.

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


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.

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).


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.



Running as usual


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


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

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