Date Updated

03/03/2022

  • COVID-19 Testing and Quarantine Requirements Vaccinated or Recovered Travelers Pre-arrival requirementsAll travelers to Japan (including Japanese nationals) must submit a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result, conducted within 72 hours prior to departure. All travelers must pledge (in the form of a signed Written Pledge) to be in quarantine (as applicable), retain their location data, and provide such information to the health authorities (as requested). This should be prepared prior to arrival. On-arrival requirementsOn arrival in Japan, all travelers must submit their certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result and their Written Pledge. COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival for all entrants. Relevant smartphone applications (see below) should be installed on the traveler's smartphone. Post-arrival quarantine requirementsJapan's quarantine rules are complicated and are dependent on a number of factors, including (1) Whether the traveler is entering from a country where the Omicron variant is dominant; and (2) Whether the traveler is fully vaccinated (and can provide a valid vaccination certificate). In general, most travelers are now subject to 7 days of quarantine, either at a governmentdesignated facility or at home/their place of residence. The authorities keep an updated list of countries where the Omicron variant is dominant, also known as the "designated country list". Fully vaccinated travelers who are traveling from a country on the designated country list (and who can provide a vaccination certificate) can self-quarantine at home for the 3-day period. They would then need to arrange for a COVID-19 test on Day 3 and, if negative, may then end their quarantine. For those who opt out of taking the test on Day 3, they must complete a 7-day home quarantine. Fully vaccinated travelers who are not traveling from a country on the designated country list (and who can provide a vaccination certificate) will not be required to quarantine. For the purposes of determining which entrants are considered fully vaccinated, the Japanese authorities have indicated that the individual must have received three vaccine doses. The first and second dose must be either or a combination of Pfizer/Comirnaty, AstraZeneca, Moderna, or Janssen. The third dose must then be either Pfizer or Moderna. (Janssen is treated as 2 doses for the first and second doses. Thereafter, the third dose should be Pfizer or Moderna.) Non-vaccinated Travelers Pre-arrival requirementsAll travelers to Japan (including Japanese nationals) must submit a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result, conducted within 72 hours prior to departure. All travelers must pledge (in the form of a signed Written Pledge) to be in quarantine (as applicable), retain their location data, and provide such information to the health authorities (as requested). This should be prepared prior to arrival. On-arrival requirementsOn arrival in Japan, all travelers must submit their certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result and their Written Pledge. COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival for all entrants. Relevant smartphone applications (see below) should be installed on the traveler's smartphone. Post-arrival quarantine requirements Japan's quarantine rules are complicated and are dependent on a number of factors, including (1) Whether the traveler is entering from a country where the Omicron variant is dominant and (2) Whether the traveler is fully vaccinated (and can provide a valid vaccination certificate). In general, most travelers are subject to 7 days of quarantine, either at a governmentdesignated facility or at home/their place of residence. The authorities keep an updated list of countries where the Omicron variant is dominant, also known as the "designated country list". Non-vaccinated travelers traveling from a country on the designated country list must complete a 3-day quarantine at a government-designated facility. They would then need to take a COVID-19 test on Day 3 and, if negative, may then end their quarantine. Non-vaccinated travelers who are not traveling from a country on the designated country list can self-quarantine at home for the 3-day period. They would then need to arrange for a COVID-19 test on Day 3 and, if negative, may then end their quarantine. For those who opt out of taking the test on Day 3, they must complete a 7-day home quarantine.
  • Government offices are now open. Travel Restrictions Entry into Japan:Entry for certain foreign nationals is now allowed (not including tourists). Eligible foreign nationals include those who are newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (i.e., business or employment) or those newly entering Japan for a long-term stay (employment). However, such individuals are required to obtain a Certificate of Receipt from the ERFS system (Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System), which should be obtained by the foreign national's inviting company in Japan. Entry Ban List:Until further notice, suspension of new entry 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" (currently suspended). Approval to enter may be granted for special exceptional circumstances. Entry ban for foreign nationals who have visited or stayed in the following areas within the 14 days prior to their arrival (except for transit purposes): Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines Oceania: Fiji North America: Canada, 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, 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, Vatican. Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, 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, Zimbabwe Companies may apply for entry exemption (Certificate of Receipt) for non-resident foreign nationals who have visited or stayed in countries included in the entry ban list through the relevant Japanese government ministry prior to arrival. 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, Vatican 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 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, Timor-Leste Oceania: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marmust Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, 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, Venezuela Europe: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan Middle East: Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates (including those holding the "visa waiver registration certificate"), 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, Zimbabwe Suspension of visas issued on or before December 2, 2021, except those issued for the status of residence of “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or “Diplomat”. 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 SAR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam Oceania: Australia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, 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, Vatican Middle East: Israel, Iran, Oman, Qatar, 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 and Osaka's Kansai International Airport. Existing Visa Holders:Foreign nationals who hold a valid Japanese residence status (and a valid re-entry permit) may re-enter 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.


  • • 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.


  • • Nearly 6,000 public schools in Japan at least partially closed during omicron wave, opening varies by locations


  • • Protocols, such as Group sizes, Masks etc.: masks are required to enter stores and public areas. A mask no longer needs to be worn outside. Japan is set to loosen border controls to allow more people to enter the country, especially students, while extending infection control measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus in several areas, including Tokyo.


  • • Public transport within Japan’s cities remains largely unaffected by COVID 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 with high rates due to less flight availability
    Sea - A powerful earthquake hit north-east Japan on March 16, 2022. There is no incident and no physical damage reported from terminals and depots in Tokyo/Yokohama. Sendai Port suspended gate & cargo operation to check through facility damages, safety at yard and stacking containers. In addition, cargo operation for a Barge and Feeder were suspended but cargo operation was expected to resume on the 17th evening

    Road Availability
    • Normal at present

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

Entry Restrictions

Entry Prohibited

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