The Japanese government is considering the implementation of a COVID-19 measure to limit entry into the country to 2,000 travelers per day.  Japanese citizens and permanent residents will also be subject to the daily cap on travelers entering Japan.  The separate measure for travel into the country for essential business travel from Singapore, China and

The Japanese government has announced that the state of emergency has been extended to March 7, 2021.  The state emergency will continue to cover 10 prefectures, including Tokyo and its neighboring prefectures.  The state of emergency for Tochigi Prefecture is to be lifted on February 7.  This state of emergency was initially announced on January

Japan has been facing an unprecedented rise in the number of COVID-19 cases into 2021.  The Japanese government has now been forced to broaden its January 8, 2021 implemented national emergency measures.  The state of emergency has expanded beyond Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures to seven additional prefectures, including Osaka and its surrounding prefectures.  The

The Japanese government announced this weekend that it will be suspending foreign entry into Japan (with certain exceptions) from December 28, 2020 until the end of January 2021.  The blanket ban is a precaution against a new and potentially more contagious coronavirus variant that has spread across Britain.

The Foreign Ministry of Japan indicated in

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced plans to broaden entry of foreign travelers into the country. During a press conference on September 25, the Prime Minister announced efforts to, starting October 1, broadly widen entry of foreign travelers beyond just businesspersons, including international students and dependents. Further details are expected to be announced soon.

Previously,

In a joint press statement with the Singapore government, starting September 18 the Japanese government will begin accepting requests for travel for essential business purposes and official travel to and from Singapore. Permitted travelers will be required to submit proof of a negative PCR test result both prior to departure and upon arrival, as well

The Japanese government announced that it is banning entry in principle of foreigners who have visited Kenya, Venezuela and 15 other countries for the past 14 days prior to arriving in Japan.  In addition, all Japanese citizens (and any foreigners excluded from the entry ban) who have visited any of the countries subject to the

The Japanese government will look to begin discussions around mid-July to resume flights for certain qualified business purposes to China, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Mongolia.  Further details on the Japanese government’s plans for negotiations are expected to be announced soon.  As discussed in our prior blog post, this

Effective July 1, 2020 at midnight Japan time, the Japanese government announced that it is banning entry in principle of foreigners who have visited Algeria, Cuba, Iraq and 15 other countries for the past 14 days prior to arriving in Japan.  In addition, all Japanese citizens (and any foreigners excluded from the entry ban) who

As a first step to implementing a system for broadening entry into the country, the Japanese government is currently engaging in discussions to begin permitting entry of certain individuals from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand for business purposes, including management, executives, specialists, technical trainees and internal company transferees.  As discussed in our prior blog post, these four countries are among the 111 countries whose visitors are largely restricted from entering Japan.  Although individuals who are permitted into the country will be exempt from the overarching travel restrictions currently in place (e.g., 14 day self-isolation in Japan upon landing), such individuals will be permitted to travel within Japan only for specified work purposes (discussed below) and will be banned from using public transportation for two weeks upon landing in Japan.

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