IMPORTANT NOTICE ON NEW RESTRICTIONS RELATED TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (Updated on March 26, 2020)

2020/3/26

1. Areas subject to the entry ban

The Government of Japan decided on March 26, 2020 to update which regions are restricted. These new restrictions will be implemented from 0:00 am on March 27 (Japan Standard Time (JST)) andremain in place for a period. However, the measures will not be applied to those who have departed before their implementation and arrived in Japan after their implementation. The current list of restricted regions can be found below. Foreign nationals who have travelled to any of the areas below within 14 days before arriving in Japan are not permitted to land in Japan unless there are exceptional circumstances.
 
Asia
China Hubei Province/ Zhejiang Province
Korea Daegu/ Gyeongsangbuk-do (Gyeongsan-si/Andong-si/ Yeongcheon-si/Chilgok-gun/ Uiseong-gun/ Seongju-gun/Cheongdo-gun/Gunwi-gun)
Middle East
Iran All Round
Europe
Iceland,Ireland,
Andorra,Italy,Estonia,Austria,
the
Netherlands,SanMarino,Switzerland,Sweden,
Spain,Slovenia,Denmark,Germany,Norway,
Vatican,France,Belgium,Portugal,Malta,
Monaco,Liechtenstein,Luxembourg
All Round

Visa applicants are required to submit a completed questionnaire on whether or not they have (or will have) been physically present within any of the areas listed above in the 14 days prior to their arrival to Japan.

2. Strengthened quarantine

Calling upon people arriving from 7 countries in South East Asia listed below*, Israel, Qatar, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Bahrain to wait 14 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief and to refrain from using public transportation.

*Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam and Malaysia.

It will be applied to the passengers of aircrafts and ships which have departed those places after 0:00 am on March 28 (JST), and be implemented until the last day of April. The period can be renewed.

3. Visa restrictions

(1) Suspending validity of single or multiple-entry visa issued by March 27 at Japanese Embassies or Consulates General located in the countries listed in paragraph 2 above.
(2) Suspending visa exemption measures for the countries listed in paragraph 2 above.
(3) Suspending validity of Pre-Clearance granted to APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) issued by the countries listed in paragraph 2 above, as well as China, including Hong Kong, and the Republic of Korea (the ROK)

It will be implemented from 0:00 am on March 28 (JST) until the last day of April. The period can be renewed.

4. Continuation of the measures currently being implemented in relation to China and the ROK

Renewing the period of strengthened quarantine, restriction on airports/ports for arrival from China or the ROK and visa restrictions to be implemented until the last day of March, which was decided at the 17th meeting of Novel Corona Virus Response Headquarters held on March 5, and implementing them until the last day of April. The period can be renewed.
NOTE:  After 26 March, it will take longer than usual to examine visa application, including those that have already been applied