Important Notice on New Restrictions related to Novel Coronavirus (as of August 30, 2020)

*Effective April 3, 2020, the Government of Japan will not allow any visitors or immigrants from the U.S. to enter Japan. In the case of extraordinary circumstances, an exemption may be granted. For information regarding exemptions, please call the Visa Section at 303-534-1151. 

**The paper size of the questionnaire has been changed to A4 due to the increase in number of restricted countries and regions. For best printing results, please make sure to change the paper size to A4 and output size to Letter.
1. Since the Government of Japan designated the Novel Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) as a "Designated Infectious Disease" under the Infectious Diseases Act of Japan, foreign nationals who are deemed to be patients of the Novel Coronavirus shall be denied permission to land in Japan in accordance with the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act of Japan. As the Government of Japan also designated the Novel Coronavirus as a “Quarantinable Infectious Disease” under the Quarantine Act of Japan, foreign nationals who are suspected of being infected with the Novel Coronavirus will be ordered to be quarantined with no exceptions for valid visa holders.

2. The Government of Japan also decided on Auguast 30, 2020 (orignally implemented March 26) that for the time being, those who fall under the three categories below will not be permitted to land in Japan unless there are exceptional circumstances.

(1) Foreign nationals who have travelled to any of the countries listed below within 14 days before arriving in Japan.

[ASIA] Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
[OCEANIA] Australia, New Zealand
[NORTH AMERICA] Canada, United States of America
[LATIN AMERICA and CARIBBEAN] Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Beliz, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
[EUROPE] Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican City
[MIDDLE EAST] Afghanistan, Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
[AFRICA] Algeria, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central Africa, Comoros, Cote d’lvoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawai, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

(2) Foreign nationals who hold a passport issued by the Hubei or Zhejiang Province Authority.
(3) Foreign Nationals aboard a passenger ship whose final destination or visiting port is any Japanese port and carries the risk of being afflicted by an outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus.

3. Based on the “Principle Criteria of Visa Issuance,” visa applications of those who fall under any of the categories above will not be accepted. All visa applicants are required to submit a completed questionnaire on whether or not they have or will have travelled to the regions listed above in #2-(1) within 14 days before arriving in Japan.

4. Please note that even those foreign nationals who were already issued a valid Japanese visa will not be permitted to land in Japan if they fall under any or all of the categories mentioned in #1 and #2 above.

5. Any false declaration will be subject to refusal of visa issuance and a new visa application for the same purpose of visit will not be accepted for six months. If such false declaration is discovered after the visa is issued, the visa will be made null and void.

6. Any false declaration upon landing in Japan may be subject to punitive measures including imprisonment (less than three years), fines (less than three million yen), revocation of residential status, as well as deportation from Japan.

7. Please also be aware the Government of Japan may change the travel restrictions without advance notice.