News: Japan’s new immigration policy bans foreigners from 70+ countries


Japan is banning foreigners who have been in any of over 70 countries in the past 14 days. This isn’t about your nationality, but rather about having been to one of the countries in question in the past two weeks.

These new rules kick in for arrivals as of April 3, even if your flight departs before that day. There’s no end date yet for this restriction, so for now this is “until further notice.”

Here are the restricted regions for Japan’s new immigration policy:
• Asia: Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
• Oceania: Australia, New Zealand
• North America: Canada, United States
• Latin America & 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

Strengthened screening for arriving passengers
Those passengers arriving in Japan from one of the restricted countries (in other words, primarily Japanese nationals) will be subjected to additional screening on arrival. They will have PCR tests conducted.

Those arriving from abroad are also urged to quarantine for 14 days, and to refrain from using public transportation.

Limits on international arriving airports
Japan is also limiting arrivals from China and Korea to Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Osaka Kansai (KIX), presumably for screening purposes.
I’m not sure why exactly they’re singling out those two countries for arrivals, given the problems across the globe at this point, but I assume it’s for some sort of screening measures.

Bottom line
We’ve already seen huge reductions in flights between the US and Japan, and I imagine capacity will be limited even more at this point. Japan is banning foreigners who have been to any of over 70 countries in the past 14 days, and there’s no end date for this restriction.


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