Date Updated

04/12/2021



  • • 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 serviced 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 passenger must complete a health declaration questionnaire (to be submitted 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

    • Japanese nationals and foreign nationals who may be permitted to enter Japan (or those who have left Japan and are seeking to re-enter) may be 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

    • Travelers who are permitted to travel to Japan from the following countries or regions must observe stricter pre-departure and post-arrival safeguards, including stricter pre-flight COVID-19 testing, post-arrival quarantine and testing, and health monitoring measures (these measures can vary depending on the country of origin): Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Armenia (as of 13 April), Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil (states of Acre, Alagoas, Bahia, Goiás, Paraiba, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte and Sao Paolo only), Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada (provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec only), Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba (as of April 13), Czech Republic, Mainland China (Beijing), Denmark, Djibouti, Estonia, Finland, Ecuador, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia (Ulyanovsk Oblast only), Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname (as of April 13), Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand (as of April 13), Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States (states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia only), Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe


  • • Government offices are now open. Travel Restrictions:

    • 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, 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"
    - Approval to enter may be granted for special exceptional circumstances ENTRY BAN LIST

    • 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

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

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

    • Single- and multiple-entry visas issued on or before 20 March 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, Marshall 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 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, 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 are 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 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 now been opened with the following countries but is currently suspended until further notice: Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan, Singapore, Brunei, South Korea, China

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


  • • 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 for quarantine purposes, however options are limited


  • • Local schools are beginning to reopen 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 for graduation ceremonies in June and 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

    • A contact tracing app is being considered, but is not in effect at the moment

    • 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

    • In [Step 1 - 26 May], museums, art galleries and libraries will be allowed to reopen with restricted admissions; restaurants will also be allowed to extend their business hours until 10 p.m.

    • In [Step 2 - 1 June], theaters and other facilities that do not have a history of cluster outbreaks and do not create situations with the three Cs (closed spaces, crowded places and close contact with people) may reopen with restricted admission and seat separation

    • Tutoring schools, movie theaters, meeting rooms, commercial facilities, gyms and sports facilities will also be permitted to reopen

    • In [Step 3 - started 12 June], all facilities, except those with a history of cluster outbreaks or considered high risk, will be allowed to reopen with restricted admission; restaurants will also be able to stay open until midnight

    • 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 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 this is also gradually returning to normal service

    • Long-distance bus services resumed as of 1 June
  • Household Goods

    Survey (Video/In-person)
    • Video

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

    Freight Availability/Cost
    Air - Limited service but high rates due to less flight availability
    Sea - Limited Service

    Road Availability
    • Normal at present

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

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