On January 31st, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 or the coronavirus a global emergency. Japan entered a state of emergency on April 7 and asked people to stay home as businesses shut down temporarily, but the emergency has since been lifted due to a drop in the number of confirmed cases.
Though Japan is no longer under a state of emergency, things have not gone completely back to normal and social distancing should still be practiced. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned the emergency state could be reimposed if the rate of infection rises again.
Check the links below for the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation for foreigners living and traveling in Japan.
Japan has barred entry from several countries and many major tourist attractions remain closed. Make sure the country you are residing in isn’t on the restricted list below before planning your trip.
Additionally, foreigners living in Japan who have visited any of the restricted countries within the past 14 days will not be allowed to re-enter Japan. This includes those with Permanent Residence, Japanese Spouse, or Permanent Resident Spouse status, as well as student or working visa holders. No exceptions will be made.
The Japanese government has announced a coronavirus relief fixed payment of ¥100,000 for all residents, including foreigners. As long as you have a valid residence card, you can apply for the stimulus payment and should be getting an application in the mail.
While many shops, restaurants, and gyms have opened back up, most continue to enforce social distancing and reduced hours. Large shopping areas like department stores may check customers’ temperatures before allowing them to enter and request that they wear a mask.
Protect yourself and others by avoiding riding trains during rush hour, wearing a mask, and washing your hands regularly.
Check back here as we will update this page as the situation in Japan changes.