Date Updated

10/01/2021



  • •Quarantine and COVID-19 Testing Requirements: COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival for all entrants.

    • 14-day quarantine at a facility designated by the Quarantine Office for all Japanese nationals and foreign nationals.
    - If the foreign national has a residence in Japan or has pre-booked a quarantine-ready accommodation such as a service apartment or a hotel that is able and willing to accommodate a 14-day stay, this may be designated as the quarantine location.
    - If the foreign national does not have a residence or a pre-booked accommodation is not available, the Quarantine officer will designate a government facility.
    - Travelers are advised to check with the Quarantine Office for confirmation.

    • Enforced quarantine measures for all travelers who enter, re-enter or return to Japan.

    • Japanese nationals and foreign nationals who may be permitted to enter Japan (or those who have left Japan and are seeking to re-enter) are required to:
    - Obtain a certificate showing a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, conducted within 72 hours prior to their departure flight. The negative test result should be in the format prescribed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    - Complete a written pledge, pledging to adhere to the COVID-19 quarantine requirements during the quarantine period (e.g., refrain from using public transport, retain location data, etc.). Contact your immigration professional for more information.
    - Declare their health condition and temperature through MySoS app during the quarantine period.

    • All travelers who enter, re-enter or return to Japan from the following countries are required to remain for three days at special facilities (designated by the chief of the quarantine station). Such travelers will be required to take a COVID-19 test on the third day. Those who test negative may leave the facility but are required to self-quarantine at home for the remainder of the 14-day period. Travelers who already fully vaccinated (exclusively Comirnaty/Pfizer, Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca or Moderna), and are able to provide a vaccination certificate issued from certain countries, may quarantine at home instead of a location designated by the quarantine facility:
    - United Arab Emirates, Albania, India, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Uruguay, United Kingdom, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Guinea, Cuba, Greece, Zambia, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Tanzania, Chile, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Turkey, Pakistan, Paraguay, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Portugal, Malaysia, South Africa, Mozambique, Maldives, Libya, or Russia (Khabarovsk Krai, Moscow city).

    • All travelers who enter, re-enter or return to Japan from the following countries are required to remain for six days at special facilities (designated by the chief of the quarantine station). Such travelers will be required to take a COVID-19 test on the third and sixth day. Those who test negative may leave the facility but are required to self-quarantine at home for the remainder of the 14-day period:
    - Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Philippines, Brazil, Venezuela, and Peru.

    • Travelers who already fully vaccinated(exclusively Comirnaty/Pfizer, Vaxzevria/AstraZeenca or Moderna), and are able to provide a vaccination certificate issued from certain countries may opt to shorten the 14-day quarantine period to 10 days after entry into Japan by taking a PCR or Quantitative Antigen Test on the 10th day of quarantine and submitting a copy of the negative test result to the designated health authority.

    • Digital Health Platforms: Japanese nationals and foreign nationals who may be permitted to enter Japan (or those who have left Japan and are seeking to re-enter) must download and set up the required contact tracing apps on their mobile phones.

    • Other Entry Requirements: Every entrant must complete and submit a health declaration questionnaire to the immigration and Quarantine officers.

    • For those foreign nationals who may be permitted to re-enter the country at this time, there may be additional quarantine and health monitoring requirements after arrival.


  • • Government offices are now open.

    • TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS: Due to the new COVID-19 varieant, New entry has been suspended for non-resident foreign nationals who have visited or stayed in countries within the entry ban list (see below) within 14 days prior to their arrival.
    - Suspension of entry includes those who have yet to travel via the "Residence Track", "Business Track, and "Phased Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel" rules which are currently suspended.
    - Approval to enter may be granted for special exceptional circumstances.

    • Entry ban List: Foreign nationals who have visited or stayed in the following areas within the 14 days prior to their arrival (except for transit purposes) may not enter the country.
    - Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
    - Oceania: Fiji
    - North America: Canada and the United States.
    - Latin America: Argentina, 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, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and 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, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, and VaticanCity.
    - Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
    - Africa: Algeria, Botswana, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia,and Zimbabwe.

    • Japan has removed the following countries from the entry ban list:
    - Asia: Australia, Brunei, China (including Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR), New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

    • SUSPENSION OF VISA VALIDITY: The validity of visas will be suspended, including for Certificate of Eligibility holders, for:

    • Single- and multiple-entry visas issued on or before March 8, 2020 by consular posts in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and South Korea.

    • Single- and multiple-entry visas issued on or before March 20, 2020 by consular posts in the following countries:
    - Europe: Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Vatican CIty.
    - Middle East: Iran
    - Africa: Egypt

    • Single and multiple-entry visas issued on or before March 27, 2020 by consular posts in the following countries:
    - Asia: Brunei, Indonesia (including those holding the "visa waiver registration certificate"), Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
    - Middle East: Bahrain, Israel, Qatar
    - Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo

    • Suspension of single and multiple-entry visas issued on or before April 2, 2020 by consular posts in the following countries:
    - Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Timor-Leste.
    - Oceania: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
    - Latin America: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
    - Europe: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
    - Middle East: Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates (including those holding the "visa waiver registration certificate"), and Yemen.
    - Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

    • SUSPENSION OF VISA EXEMPTIONS: Visa exemption for the following passport holders has been suspended:
    - Asia: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam
    - Oceania: Australia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Solomon Islands.
    - Latin America: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay
    - Europe: Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, and Vatican City.
    - Middle East: Israel, Iran, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.
    - Africa: Lesotho and Tunisia.

    • Visa exemptions granted to APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders remain suspended.

    • LIMITATION OF PORTS OF ENTRY: Passenger flights from Mainland China, South Korea, Hong Kong SAR, and Macau SAR are required to fly into Japan through Tokyo's Narita International Airport or Osaka's Kansai International Airport.

    • EXISTING VISA HOLDERS: Foreign nationals who hold a valid Japanese residence status (and a valid re-entry permit) may reenter Japan (even from the entry ban list).

    • Special Permanent Resident visa holders remain exempt from the entry bans.

    • Impacted foreign nationals should reach out to the relevant Japanese consular post in their country of residence for more information.

    • PHASED MEASURES FOR RESUMING CROSS-BORDER TRAVEL (CURRENTLY SUSPENDED): The government is allowing foreign nationals to apply for an entry visa under the "Phased Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel". However, the Phased Measures have been suspended until further notice.

    • The "Residence Track" allows nationals of those selected countries to enter (or re-enter) Japan via a direct flight. The Residence Track has been opened with the following countries but is currently suspended until further notice: Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan, Singapore, Brunei, South Korea, and China.

    • The "Business Track" (or "Reciprocal Green Lane") allows for essential business and official travelfor residents from both countries. The Business Track has been opened for the following countries but is currently suspended until further notice: China, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam.


  • • Yes, business as normal for the most part, but attendees should be limited to minimal numbers to allow for social distancing; clients are requested to wear masks during viewings (the agent will prepare in case the client does not have one).

    • It will not be possible to view any properties that are still occupied and no longer possible to request tenants to show their properties prior to move out.


  • • Yes, however SPA facilities (gym, pool and exercise facilities) are still closed.

    • Several of the major service apartments will not take bookings for self-quarantine purposes.

    • Some service apartments holding a hotel license, meaning no minimum stay, will accept bookings or quarantine purposes, however options are limited.


  • • Local schools reopened as of June 1, 2021, but with timetables adjusted to allow for limited numbers in each class and shorter hours.

    • Not all international schools are expected to reopen. Online classes continue for now.


  • • Protocols, such as Group sizes, Masks etc.: masks are required to enter stores and public areas. As of June 20, 2021, a mask no longer needs to be worn outside.


  • • Public transport within Japan’s cities remains largely unaffected by coronavirus restrictions; service has been reduced on some lines, but full service is gradually being restored with commuters. Commuters are encouraged to stagger commute times to avoid overcrowding.

    • Bullet train operators have introduced temporary reduction in service on some lines due to weakened demand, but are gradually returning to normal service.

    • Long-distance bus services are running as normal again.
  • Household Goods

    Survey (Video/In-person)
    • Video

    Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
    •Yes, with sanitary restrictions.

    Freight Availability/Cost
    • Air: Limited service. High rates due to less flight availability
    • Sea: Service levels are back to normal capacity, but there is continued pressure on Asia outbound rates to Europe and America. Sea freight rates are increasing to record levels.

    Road Availability
    • Normal at present

    Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
    • Yes

Entry Restrictions

Entry Prohibited

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