Will we be able to enter Japan this winter? The Latest updates by the Japanese government.

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We will be sharing what we know about the current status of COVID-19 cases and the latest updates of the restrictions to entering Japan.

How is the number of cases of COVID-19 in Japan?

The current status of the number of new daily cases of COVID-19 is fairly mild compared to other countries.

770 new cases reported on the 30th of October, and close to reaching 100,000 total cases reported.

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As you can see from the chart, the peak was on July-August, and it has been steady around 500-700 cases from the whole of Japan.

Number of cases rising again from “GoToTravel”

However, the Japanese government has started a “GoTo Travel” campaign which would subsidize up to half of the travel fees of residents of Japan in hopes to support businesses highly affected by the pandemic.

This is helping boost demand to the travel industries and helping the economy to some extent,

but has given a sudden rise of new cases especially Tokyo was included for the campaign on 1st October (Tokyo was the only province left out of the campaign that started in July, considering the risks of the rise of cases from its large population)

As the number of cases is drastically rising especially in the U.S. and Europe,

some countries have already reannounced another lockdown.

The mayor of Hokkaido has also warned that if the number of cases continues to rise within Hokkaido,

they will announce a self restraint of going out without a necessary/urgent reason.

Will you be able to enter Japan from overseas?

According to NHK, Prime Minister Suga has announced on the 30th of October that Japan will take off 9 countries from the list of restricted countries of entry to Japan.

The countries are the following and it will take effect from 1st November 2020:

  • China, Hong Kong, and Macau
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Brunei

*The easing of the restriction will be for business VISAs only for now.

Japanese government will update once the details are confirmed.

What are the basic rules after entering Japan

For your reference, these are the list of the things that a Japanese resident will go through in case of entry to Japan.

Similar rules will probably apply for those that will be able to enter Japan soon,

but please do note that there might be additional requirements depending on which country you will be entering Japan from, to be updated by the government.

  • You need to stay at a designated place appointed by the Quarantine Director of Japan for 14 days after entry.
  • You will be prohibited from using public transport after entry to Japan for 14 days, and need to hire your own transport to get to the designated point of stay.
  • You will be filling out a form telling to the quaranteine station where you will be staying, and the method of transport.
  • You will go through PCR testing if you stayed in the list of restricted areas from entry to Japan(14 days prior to entry.)
  • You might not be able to enter Japan til the test results come out. (This might be the following day depending on your arrival time.)
  • Depending on the country you are entering from, you might need a certificate of resulting negative for the COVID-19 PCR test.
  • For those that could read/write Japanese, you will be using an app COCOA that keeps track of the holder of devices you were close to during the first 14 days after entry. If in case you test positive after entry to Japan, you will report to the government using this app, so the government can keep track of who you have received/passed on the virus to.
  • You will be using LINE app to report to the Health Center your physical conditions for 14 days. If you do not carry a Japanese phone number to operate LINE, your company in charge will be responsible with the reporting on your behalf. There is a registration you will go through online before you leave your country which you should remind your company.

The department in charge for the information regarding entering Japan from overseas is the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.

Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare / MHLWchannel

Please refer to their web page for information or if we could help you get additional information that is not available,

Don’t hesitate to contact Helping Dragon!!☺️

Stay healthy, and hope to see you in Japan soon, everyone!

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