Covid-19: The Current Situation in Japan and Countermeasures

Post date: Monday, November 8, 2021

This is a summary of the Japanese government’s response to Covid-19 and the countermeasures taken. In this article you can learn about the situations regarding immigration, socio-economic activities, schools, and more.

We hope this information will be helpful for those who are planning on moving or returning to Japan. Since the situation changes daily, please check the latest information on each of the websites linked throughout the article below.


What's New? ( November 8)

1) Current Cases in Japan
2) Who can enter Japan
3) Quarantine measures


Current Restrictions in Japan

As infections have decreased from their peak, the Japanese government has lifted the COVID-19 state of emergency, as well as the quasi-state of emergency.

The government continues to ask restaurants and bars to close by 8 or 9 p.m. in some prefectures however they are no longer  required to refrain from serving alcoholic beverages.

Please check details in your region as regulations vary.

Coronavirus Vaccinations

Please read: Cabinet Public Relations Office

You can also call Covid-19 Vaccine Call Centre in English.

TEL: 0120-761770 (calls are free of charge)

3) FAQ

Hours: 9:00 - 21:00

Current Numbers of Covid-19 Cases in Japan

Updated on November 8 according to Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
New PCR Positive Cases: 232 | New Death:  3

Restrictions on Entry to Japan

The situation is constantly changing. Please refer to the following websites for the latest information or contact the embassy.

 

Who Can Enter Japan

On November 5, 2021, a review on restrictions on new entry of foreign nationals based on “New measures for border enforcement (19)” was announced.

 

Review on restrictions on new entry of foreign nationals

(A) Foreign nationals eligible to this measure

Newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) for business or working purpose or newly entering Japan for a long-term stay

In order to be secured their entry into Japan, the receiving companies/organizations should pass screening by the Ministry and Agency having jurisdiction over the business in question in advance and should be responsible for supervision of their conduct.

(B) Required documents for the visa application

A copy of the screening certificate from the appropriate ministry/agency

Visa Application Documents (Please see “VISA” page for more details).

Application for visa is made by the applicant him/herself at the Japanese overseas establishments with jurisdiction over the area in which the applicant resides or those with jurisdiction over the country/region of which the applicant’s passport is issued. Note that there are some countries/regions in which the visa applications should be submitted through travel agencies accredited by the Japanese overseas establishments.

https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page22e_000921.html

 

Please bookmark these pages and check constantly as the situation has been changing frequently.

Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Phased Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel

For Those Who Arrive in Japan

 

(1) Enforced quarantine measures

All travelers including Japanese nationals have to submit a certificate of negative test result conducted within 72 hours prior to departing from the country/region where travelers stay when entering Japan.

Those who do not submit a certificate of negative test result will be denied entry into Japan in accordance with the Quarantine Act. Airline companies will reject boarding those without one. Please consult with Embassies or Consulates or Consular Office of Japan in case it is truly difficult to obtain the certificate of negative test result.

All those who enter, re-enter or return to Japan (including Japanese nationals) are also subject to conducting of COVID-19 test upon arrival no matter whether arriving from the countries/regions designated as an area subject to denial of permission to enter Japan or not until further notice.

Then they are required to stay 14 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief (own residence etc.) and to refrain from using public transportation.

From January 14, 2021 until further notice, all Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with the status of residence are also required to pledge to refrain from using public transportation for 14 days, and to be in quarantine at home or other designated areas for 14 days, retain the location data, and provide it to the health centers or other institutions, if requested. (If separate quarantine measures are to be taken, those also need to be pledged.)

They are required to sign and submit the Written Pledge (PDF) when entering Japan. In case of violation, they may be subject to detention under Quarantine Act and the following shall apply:

(ⅰ) For Japanese nationals, names and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public.

(ⅱ) For foreign nationals with the status of residence, names, nationalities, and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public. They may also be subject to the revocation of status of residence and procedures for deportation under Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law. Those who do not submit the “Written Pledge” are requested to stay at a location designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (only at the accommodation booked by the quarantine office) for 14 days.

For more details:

Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Regarding denial of landing to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Covid-19: Necessary Preparations Before Entering Japan

 

Quarantine measures

Please also check "Shortening or exempting quarantine period for arrivals who have a valid vaccination certificate" below.

Required 6 Days Quarantine at Specific Facilities

Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Peru

 

All cross-border travelers and returnees from some of the countries/regions which are separately listed among the designated countries/regions, are requested, for the time being, to stay for 6 days at facilities designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (limited only to those facilities secured by the Quarantine Station). In addition, those who obtain negative results of both COVID-19 tests conducted on the third and sixth days from the entry into Japan, may leave from facilities secured by the Quarantine Station, but are still required to stay for the remaining period of 14 days after the entry into Japan at places such as their own residence.

 

Required 3 Days Quarantine at Specific Facilities

Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, Suriname, The Philippines, Brazil, Morocco, Mongolia, Russia (Khabarovsk region,  Moscow city), Ukraine, Uzbekistan, The United Kingdom, Ecuador, Kenya, Dominican Republic, Turkey, Nepal, Haiti, Pakistan

 

With regard to countries/regions other than countries/regions based on the designation mentioned in (2) above, taking those elements such as the number of persons newly infected with coronavirus in each country/region, the recent positive ratio of the COVID-19 test during the quarantine inspection at the Japanese airports among others into account, and judged from a comprehensive assessment of the risk of inflow of the coronavirus from each country/region, all cross-border travelers and returnees from countries/regions judged as having the risk of inflow of the coronavirus are requested, for the time being, to stay 3 days at facilities designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (limited only to those facilities secured by the Quarantine Station) as “designated countries/regions in response to coronavirus infection other than coronavirus variants with special concern in terms of border measures” according to the another designation based on this measure. In addition, those who obtain negative results of all COVID-19 tests conducted on the third day from the entry into Japan, may leave the facilities, but are still required to stay for the remaining period of 14 days after the entry into Japan at own residence etc.

Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Shortening or exempting quarantine period for arrivals who have a valid vaccination certificate

 

○ With a valid vaccination certificate, you can shorten your quarantine period of 14 days at home or in the place you’re staying if you are entering from

- “undesignated countries/regions”, whose travelers are not required to stay at the governmentdesignated accommodation, or

- “designated countries/regions”, whose travelers are required to stay for 3 days at the governmentdesignated accommodation

and report to the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (Health Monitoring Center for Overseas Entrants (HCO)) the negative test result (PCR Test or Quantitative Antigen Test) on or after the 10th day after entering Japan.

○ With a valid vaccination certificate, you are exempt from the 3-day stay at the government-designated accommodation and the test on the 3rd day after entering Japan if you are entering from the “designated countries/regions”, whose travelers are required to stay for 3 days at the governmentdesignated accommodation. However, you still need to stay at home or in the place you’re staying during the designated quarantine period.

 

Please read these pages for details.

1) Shortening or exempting quarantine period for arrivals who have a valid vaccination certificate
2) COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates Valid for Entry into Japan from Abroad
3) FAQ

【Countries/regions you stayed in】
(1)”undesignated countries/regions”: Travelers from this country/region are not required to stay at the government-designated accommodation
(2)”designated countries/regions” : Travelers from this country/region are required to stay for 3 days at the government-designated accommodation

 

Exclusive Bus Service for Foreign Arrivals at Narita Airport and Haneda Airport

Airport Limousine has launched Exclusive Bus Service for Foreign Arrivals. This special bus departs from Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport and run runs directly to hotels in Tokyo. Currently 14 hotels in Tokyo are listed. Please read further on Airport Limousine website.

Airport PCR Center

For people who leave Japan and require a coronavirus testing before departure, there is a coronavirus testing center at Narita Airport . At Narita Airport PCR Center, departing travelers are able to obtain a negative test result certificate within 2 hours (until the end of November it could take up to 6 hours since the new PCR laboratory has to be ready). If you make an appointment, the cost would be ¥39,800 for a test and a negative certificate, and it is ¥46,500 without appointment. Anyone can take the test however, those who have the symptom of the covid-19 (such as a fever or cough) are not accepted.

The Ministry of Justice

Please click the title in the linked site below.

Notice on refusal of landing

Socio-Economic Activities in Japan

There is a restriction for big events over certain number of people, other than that it depends on the region as mentioned above (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama declared a state of emergency)

Restaurants

Some restaurants and bars are requested to shorten their opening hours (it depends on the region).

Schools

Public Schools and Private Schools

The regulation varies depending on the local government (for public schools) and on the private school itself however, all schools have reopened.

International Schools

The countermeasures taken depend on the school. However, many of them are closed this semester and are offering online classes. Most of the schools have still been accepting new students for the new semester and you can also find schools that offer virtual school tours.

International Schools (Tokyo, Yokohama)

The current status of each school. Please contact them for further details.

Canadian International School School Calendar
Chiyoda International School School Calendar
International School of the Sacred Heart School Calendar
K International School School Calendar
Seisen International School School Calendar
Shinagawa International School School Calendar
St. Mary’s International School School Calendar
St. Maur International School School Calendar
The American School in Japan School Calendar
The British School in Tokyo School Calendar
Tokyo International School School Calendar
Yokohama International School School Calendar

International Schools (Kobe)

Please contact them for further details.

Canadian Academy School Calendar
Marist Brothers International School School Calendar
St. Michael's International School School Calendar

Municipal offices

They are open as usual.

Transportation

Trains

Running as usual

Shinkansen

Running as usual (in some areas there are less Shinkansen running than usual)

Flights

For both international and domestic flights, some flights are suspended, reduced, or have had their schedules changed.

More Information Related to Covid-19

Where to Call and Ask Questions about Covid-19 in English in Tokyo

Concerning preventative measures against the Coronavirus infection

Where to get a Covid-19 PCR Test and a Certificate for Travel from Japan