In a matter of hours, Japan will close its doors to visitors from the vast majority of the world, with no end date in sight. On April 3rd, 2020, Japan will bar entry to anyone who’s been in one of 70 countries within 14 days of their planned arrival in Japan, creating one of the most restrictive entry policies in the world. Here’s a list of every country excluded, and what this means for future trips…
Japan, as one of the first countries to experience a covid-19 outbreak, is keen not to experience a second wave, and is closing to visitors indefinitely until more is known. That’s right, until further notice, your Japan trip is on ice, and if its in the near term, you’re likely now ineligible to travel.
Official Japanese Tourism channels are promoting the new measures, which means anyone who’s been in one of 70 countries within 14 days of their planned arrival to Japan will be denied entry. The move takes effect April 3rd, 2020 at midnight, local time.
|Asia||Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam|
|Oceania||Australia, New Zealand|
|North America||Canada, United States|
|Latin America and the Caribbean||Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Dominica, Ecuador, Panama|
|Europe||Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican|
|Middle East||Bahrain, Iran, Israel, Turkey|
|Africa||Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Mauritius, Morocco|
During this time, transit through Japan will be allowed.
If you are scheduled to fly through Japan with no plans of leaving the transit zone, you can still travel as planned, subject to other restrictions in your final destination.
As new coronavirus measures, the government will expand the restricted areas for entering Japan, strengthen quarantine, expand the suspension of visas, etc. If you are planning to visit Japan, please check the latest info.https://t.co/yDZDGvSk2t#JNTOsafetravel
— Japan Safe Travel (JST) (@JapanSafeTravel) April 1, 2020
This follows just days on the announcement of the 2020 Summer Olympics being moved to 2021. Residents coming from any of these areas will be subject to additional screening, 14 day self quarantine and are asked not to use public transit during this time.
With the additional entry restrictions announced by Japan, Asia is now virtually entirely shut off from the rest of the world. China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and many other Asian nations set bans in place last week, but Japan was one of the last to create such sweeping measures.
Japan, perhaps in an effort to save its domestic airlines did not go as far as other countries, leaving transit open. As one of the world’s most popular countries this will be a crushing, but necessary blow to the country’s booming tourism sector.
Asian countries with similar bans in place are targeting reconsideration of travel policies in mid and late April, so with any hope, the worst will pass and Japan will re-open to travelers around the world again soon. When it’s safe, of course…