Date Updated

07/07/2021



  • • 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 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.

    • Every entrant must complete a health declaration questionnaire (to be submitted to the Immigration and Quarantine officers).

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

    • 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.

    • 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 a website link sent daily by the Japanese health authorities during the quarantine period.
    - Download and set up the required contact-tracing apps on their mobile phones.
    - Refrain from using public transport 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:
    - Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Greece, Ireland, Jordan, Karelia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Latvia, Libya, Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Philippines, Sweden, Spain, South Africa, Russia (Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Saint Petersburg, Saratov Oblast and Nizhegorod Oblast), Seychelles, Suriname, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tunisia, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, United States of America (States of Idaho, Arkansas, Arizona, Oregon, Kentucky, Colorado, Nevada, Mississippi, Montana, Louisiana, Washington, Florida, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico), Uruguay, Venezuela and Vietnam.

    • All travelers who enter, re-enter or return to Japan from Bangladesh, Malaysia, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom must remain for six days at special facilities (designated by the chief of the quarantine station) and must take a COVID-19 test on the third and sixth day. Those who test negative for both tests may leave the facility but are required to self quarantine at home for the remainder of the 14-day period.

    • Reinforced quarantine measures for travelers who enter, re-enter or return to Japan from Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zambia. They are subject to the above quarantine measures and must additionally complete a 10-day quarantine at a special facility (designated by the chief of the quarantine station) and take a COVID-19 test on the third, sixth and tenth day. Those who test negative for all tests may leave the facility but must self-quarantine at home for the remainder of the 14-day period.


  • • Government offices are now open.

    • Travel Restrictions: Denial of entry/re-entry for foreign nationals (including valid residence card holders other than Special Permanent Residents) who have visited or stayed in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka within 14 days prior to their arrival until further notice.
    - Approval to enter may be granted for special exceptional circumstances. Contact your immigration professional for more information.

    • Until further notice, suspension of new entry for non-resident foreign nationals (due to the new COVID-19 variant) 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" (currently suspended).
    - Approval to enter may be granted for special exceptional circumstances.


  • • 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 1 June, 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.


  • • The State of Emergency was fully lifted on 25 May, and business activities have resumed with continued alert to the possibility of a second wave of infections; some large companies continue to have their staff working from home or are having employees attend in shifts, but for the most part, employees have returned to their offices with flex time applied to ease rush hour commuting; department stores and commercial facilities will reopen by 1 June; local schools will also commence classes again from 1 June, with a restricted timetable due to children being divided into smaller groups.

    • Social distancing is being encouraged with many restaurants and commercial facilities restricting the number of customers allowed to enter at one time .

    • The use of face masks is commonplace, including for exercise, and hand sanitizer is placed at the entry to most shops, restaurants and buildings.

    • The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has released the "Roadmap to Overcoming COVID-19"

    • This roadmap presents initiatives and procedures to establish a new way of life, while controlling the spread of infection and protecting socio-economic activities; in response to the lifting of the state of emergency, the government will be taking steps based on this roadmap to ease restrictions on public outings and lift suspension of operation requests.

    • To reduce the risk of new outbreaks, the government will safely lift the restrictions in stages; however, if there is the slightest sign of a resurgence in infections, a “Tokyo Alert” warning will be issued; all residents are asked for their continued cooperation in taking infection prevention measures.

    • All residents, including foreign residents, who are listed on the Basic Resident Register as of 27 April and have carried a visa for more than three months are eligible for a 100,000 yen handout the Japanese government is providing for all residents as part of the Coronavirus economic response package; the payment will be per family member; the municipal government in each ward will send a notice to each household with the details of the payment listed; the recipient is required to fill in this form and list their Japanese bank account details, then return the signed form with a copy of their Resident Card and cash card in the envelope that will be provided with the notice; Municipal Governments are in the process of sending out the notices at the moment and all should be delivered in the coming weeks, if not already; payment can be applied for through to September; you can find details, including an explanation of how to fill in the form, at: https://kyufukin.soumu.go.jp/en/index.html


  • • 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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