Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, some
- On August 28, the Government of Japan announced policies that will permit U.S. citizens with resident or student status in Japan to enter/re-enter the country.
- U.S. citizen residents who departed Japan prior to September 1st should visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to review requirements. A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure to Japan and a certificate from the closest Japanese embassy or consulate will be required.
- U.S. citizen residents departing Japan on/after September 1st must consult with immigration authorities prior to leaving the country and receive similar written documentation in order to return. A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure to Japan will be required. Please see the information from Japan’s Ministry of Justice.
- U.S. citizens who do not fall under either category above are generally not permitted to enter Japan. Some very limited exceptions can be made for individuals with “special exceptional circumstances.” Travelers should consult with their nearest Japanese embassy or consulate. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Ministry of Justice’s COVID-19 website(in English).
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes. A PCR test will be conducted at the airport upon arrival. Prior to granting visas or travel permission from abroad, Japanese embassies and consulates will also require a PCR test.
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
Visa extensions: Japanese immigration officials have: extended the period of application for certain types of visa extensions and residency applications; increased the waiting time for decisions in certain cases; extended visa validity for visitors whose period of stay expired in March through July; and, have announced new measures to reduce congestion in waiting rooms. More information can be found online here.