New Entry Restrictions over the Omicron Variant from December 27th, Japan
Slovakia, Lithuania, Russia and US added to the 3-days hotel list. California, Texas and Florida go from 3 hotel days to 6 days.
Since November 29th Japan returned to the policy of closing borders and banning foreigners due to the newly reported variant of the coronavirus named Omicron (B.1.1.529).
In other words, tourists, new students or business travellers are still unable to enter the country. New visas for workers are also not being issued. Only Japanese and foreign residents returning to Japan are allowed to enter, but they are required to be placed in isolation for 14 days. Depending on the country you are coming from, you will be required to spend from 3 to 10 days in one of the government-designated facility. The number of days also varies from day to day depending on the omicron situation in each country.
IMPORTANT: All foreigners, resident or non-resident, coming from any of the following countries would not be allowed to enter Japan:
- South Africa
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
On December 22rd it was announced that all US states were added to the list of countries or states that need to quarantine the first 3 days in hotels provided by the Japanese government, except for the states of New York and Hawaii which are on the 6-day list. Then since December 27th, the states of California, Texas, Florida go from 3 hotel days to 6 days too.
And on December 22 it was also announced that Slovakia, Lithuania and all Russia were added to 3-days list.
Lastly, Ecuador and Russia (Primorsky Krai, Moscow City) has moved from the list of 3 days that could skip the hotel, to the list of 3 days that require a hotel (due to the appearance of omicron).
In the previous weeks there have also been changes in the list, for example France, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria has been moved to the 6 days list, while Israel went from 6 to 3 days. So I recommend you to check the final list as of December 27th. The new list is as follows:
– 10 days in a place designated by these authorities (ONLY Japanese and previously authorized persons), if the person has spent the last 14 days before arriving in Japan in South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo.
– 6 days in a place designated by these authorities, if the person has spent the last 14 days before arriving to Japan in Italy, United Kingdom, Netherlands, South Korea, Kenya, Sweden, Tanzania, Denmark, Germany, Nigeria, Norway, France, USA (Illinois, California, Texas, New York, Hawaii, Florida and Massachusetts) and Portugal for the status of the new Omicron variant. *People from this countries CAN’T do the 14 days of quarantine at home even if they are vaccinated.
Venezuela is on this list because of the Covid-19 situation in the country but not for Omicron *People coming from these countries will be able to do the 14 days of quarantine at home if they have a vaccination certificate.
– 3 days in a place designated by these authorities, if the person has been in the last 14 days before arriving to Japan in Iceland, Ireland, Argentina, Israel, India (Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan), Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Australia (Queensland, Special Capital Region, New South Wales, Victoria, Northern Territory), Austria, Ghana, Canada, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Georgia, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Pakistan, Hungary, Finland, Brazil (San Paulo), French Reunion Island, United States, Peru, Belgium, Poland, Malta, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Lebanon and Russia for the status of the new Omicron variant. *People from this countries CAN’T do the 14 days of quarantine at home even if they are vaccinated.
Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Costa Rica, Colombia, Suriname, Dominican Republic, Turkey, Nepal, Haitian, Philippines, Morocco, Mongolia are on this list because of the Covid-19 situation in those countries or areas. *People coming from these countries will be able to do the 14 days of quarantine at home if they have a vaccination certificate.
We are delivering the latest information about entry restrictions on this news letter below.