The strict COVID-19 restrictions on foreigner entry into Japan continue despite the end of the state of emergency for Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures on March 21, 2021.  The strict restrictions will continue to suspend even essential business travel (available for travelers from any country) and the special “Business Track” entry (available for travelers from

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 Canadian federal government has made a series of announcements regarding travel, quarantine, and testing requirements for travelers arriving by air and by land.  These new measures form part of the government’s efforts to prevent the spread of new, more contagious COVID-19 variants feared to be introduced by travelers from overseas.  As of the date

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

Canada.  Today the Canadian Government announced rules further restricting international travel. According to the government’s press release:

  • Flight suspension.  All flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries suspended until April 30, 2021, in effect as of Sunday, January 31, 2021.
  • Routing Through Four Canadian Airports.  Effective midnight (11:59 PM EST) February 3, 2021,

Italy has become one of the first countries to waive the quarantine requirement for travelers who arrive on designated “COVID-free” direct flights.  By an ordinance issued by the Italian Ministry of Health, passengers who have tested negative for COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to Italy without being subject to the current 14-day quarantine measures

In a proclamation issued Monday, President Biden banned travelers from entering the United States if they recently spent time in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, the Schengen Area, or South Africa. Citing its goal of curbing the spread and health impact of COVID-19, particularly novel strains of the virus arising in Brazil, South Africa, and

The White House decreed on Monday, January 18, that the entry bans on most of the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Brazil would end as early as January 26, just six days after Mr. Biden takes office, citing the decision last week by the administration to require international travelers to present either the results of a negative recent coronavirus test or evidence that they had already recovered from the disease.  President-elect Biden rejected the move, which means the curbs on incoming travel from these regions, which have been in place since March 2020, will remain in place after the inauguration.  “On the advice of our medical team, the administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26,” tweeted Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the Biden administration, immediately after President Trump’s decree was issued.  “In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
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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