Refusal to land to prevent spread of COVID-19

03 Apr 2020 / Japan

Japan’s Covid-19 Measures Headquarters has announced that, for the time being, the Ministry of Justice that foreign nationals in the following categories will be denied landing, unless in special exceptional circumstances:

  • Asia: Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia
  • Oceania: Australia, New Zealand
  • North America: Canada, United States of America
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Ecuador, Chile, Dominica, Panama, Brazil, Bolivia
  • Europe: Iceland, Ireland, Albania, Armenia, Andorra, Italy, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, Northern Macedonia, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Kosovo, San Marino, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Vatican, Hungary, Finland, France, Bulgaria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Romania, Luxembourg
  • Middle East: Israel, Iran, Turkey, Bahrain
  • Africa: Egypt, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, Morocco
  • Foreign nationals holding a passport issued in Hubei or Zhejiang, China
  • Foreign nationals who were onboard the cruise ship Westerdam that departed from Hong Kong

In cases where a foreign national with the status of residence of “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long-Term Resident” departed from Japan on or before April 2, 2020 with re-entry permission (including special re-entry permission; the same applies hereinafter) (including the spouse of a Japanese national or Japanese child who does not have these statuses of residence; hereinafter the same applies), will be considered, in principle, to come under special exceptional circumstances.

Foreign nationals who departed from Japan with re-entry permission on or after April 3, even if they have one of the abovementioned statuses of residence are, in principle, subject to refusal of landing without special exceptional circumstances.

Special permanent residents are not subject to the examination under Article 5, paragraph (1) of the Immigration Control Act and therefore landing will not be denied based on the abovementioned measures.

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