In response to the growing number of coronavirus infections worldwide, Japan has introduced entry restrictions for travelers from 100 countries severely affected by the outbreak. The entry ban applies to all travelers, including permanent resident and long-term resident visa holders as well as their non-Japanese spouses and children. The Japan Times reported on these restrictions in a story titled Foreign residents stranded abroad by Japan’s coronavirus controls, published on May 20.

This chart explains how Japan’s entry restrictions affect non-Japanese residents of Japan.

Given that Japan has raised its travel advisory for 11 countries including Argentina, India, Bangladesh and South Africa, to Level 3, urging against any trips to those countries, Japan’s immigration authorities are expected to expand the list. We will update this page when further changes are made.

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Countries put on Japan’s entry ban list from April 3

  • Asia:  Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia
  • Oceania:  Australia, New Zealand
  • North America:  Canada, United States
  • South and Central America:  Ecuador, Chile, Dominica, Panama, Brazil, Bolivia
  • Europe:  Iceland, Ireland, Albania, Armenia, Andorra, Italy, 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, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, Morocco
Visa Status Permission
Permanent residents and spouses and children of permanent residents Re-entry may be allowed for those leaving after April 3 under certain circumstances upon screening at customs. Re-entry shall be allowed for those who left before the imposition of the entry ban on April 3
Spouses and children of Japanese nationals
Long-term resident visa holders
Highly skilled professional visa and working visa holders Re-entry not allowed
Student visa holders
Other statuses

Countries added to Japan’s entry ban list on April 29

  • South and Central America:  Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Peru
  • Europe:  Russia, Ukraine, Belarus
  • Middle East:  Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
  • Africa:  Djibouti
Visa Status Permission
Permanent residents and spouses and children of permanent residents Re-entry may be allowed for those leaving after April 29 under certain circumstances upon screening at customs. Re-entry shall be allowed for those who left before the imposition of the entry ban on April 29
Spouses and children of Japanese nationals
Long-term resident visa holders
Highly skilled professional visa and working visa holders Re-entry not allowed
Student visa holders
Other statuses

Countries added to Japan’s entry ban list on May 16

  • Asia:  Maldives
  • North America:  Mexico
  • South and Central America:  Colombia, Honduras, Bahamas, Uruguay
  • Europe:  Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan
  • Africa: Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Cabo Verde, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau
Visa Status Permission
Permanent residents and spouses and children of permanent residents Re-entry may be allowed for those leaving after May 16 under certain circumstances upon screening at customs. Re-entry shall be allowed for those who left before the imposition of the entry ban on May 16
Spouses and children of Japanese nationals
Long-term resident visa holders
Highly skilled professional visa and working visa holders Re-entry not allowed
Student visa holders
Other statuses

Countries added to Japan’s entry ban list on May 27

  • Asia: India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan
  • South and Central America: El Salvador, Argentina
  • Africa: South Africa, Guinea, Ghana
Visa Status Permission
Permanent residents and spouses and children of permanent residents Re-entry may be allowed for those leaving after May 27 under certain circumstances upon screening at customs. Re-entry shall be allowed for those who left before the imposition of the entry ban on May 27
Spouses and children of Japanese nationals
Long-term resident visa holders
Highly skilled professional visa and working visa holders Re-entry not allowed
Student visa holders
Other statuses

Countries not listed above

Visa Status Permission
Permanent residents and spouses and children of permanent residents Shall be allowed re-entry to Japan.
Spouses and children of Japanese nationals
Long-term resident visa holders
Highly skilled professional visa and working visa holders
Student visa holders
Other statuses

Countries added to Japan’s entry ban list on June 29

  • South America and the Caribbean: Guyana, Cuba, Guatemala, Grenada, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Haiti, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Africa: Algeria, Eswatini, Cameroon, Senegal, Central African Republic, Mauritania
  • Middle East: Iraq, Lebanon
  • Europe: Georgia
Visa Status Permission
Permanent residents and spouses and children of permanent residents Re-entry may be allowed for those leaving after June 29 under certain circumstances upon screening at customs. Re-entry shall be allowed for those who left before the imposition of the entry ban on June 29
Spouses and children of Japanese nationals
Long-term resident visa holders
Highly skilled professional visa and working visa holders Re-entry not allowed
Student visa holders
Other statuses

Countries not listed above

Visa Status Permission
Permanent residents and spouses and children of permanent residents Shall be allowed re-entry to Japan.
Spouses and children of Japanese nationals
Long-term resident visa holders
Highly skilled professional visa and working visa holders
Student visa holders
Other statuses