COVID-19 Information

The U.S. Embassy and consulates continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions in Japan. While the situation is generally improving, outbreaks of COVID-19 throughout the country continue, and local officials have taken COVID-19 mitigation measures depending on local conditions. U.S. citizens should exercise caution and continue to follow guidance issued by government authorities.

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Health Alert and Voting Reminder – October 8, 2020

The U.S. Embassy and consulates continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions in Japan. While the situation is generally improving, outbreaks of COVID-19 throughout the country continue, and local officials have taken COVID-19 mitigation measures depending on local conditions. U.S. citizens should exercise caution and continue to follow guidance issued by government authorities.

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Weather Alert – U.S. Consulate Fukuoka – September 4, 2020

Typhoon Haishen is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of #Kyushu Area beginning Sunday evening September 6, 2020 until Monday evening September 7, 2020. If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone areas, prepare by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Season 2020

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Japan remind U.S. citizens in Japan that typhoon season has begun and will last through November 2020, though most tropical cyclones typically develop through October. Multiple typhoons typically strike Japan each year. Typhoons can strike any region of the country and can be extremely serious. U.S. citizens in Japan …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (July 9, 2020) 

Location: JapanDate: July 9, 2020 State of COVID-19 Measures in Japan The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor closely the COVID-19 outbreak in Japan. The Government of Japan has continued to relax restrictions put in place a few months ago. According to press reports, the government plans to increase the maximum number of attendees permitted at …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo, July 8, 2020

Location: Central and Southern Japan Event: Heavy rain continues in prefectures throughout central and southern Japan. Expect sustained rainfall, flooding, and possible landslides, often occurring without warning. U.S. citizens should carefully monitor their local conditions, as well as the Japan Meteorological Agency’s (JMA) updated landslide risks and weather warnings. The JMA has issued …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 29, 2020)

Japan continues to experience a steady increase in COVID-19 cases. To reduce the spread of the virus, the Government of Japan has asked residents to avoid crossing prefectural borders for non-essential travel, including during the Golden Week holiday from April 29 to May 6. The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to comply with all …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 22, 2020)

Japan continues to experience a steady increase in COVID-19 cases. As of April 21st, more than 11,500 cases have been detected nationwide. The increased number of COVID-19 cases is putting pressure on healthcare capacity, and several prefectures have responded with steps to expand the number of available hospital beds for COVID-19 patients. These steps include …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 13, 2020)

Location: JapanDate: April 13, 2020 State of Emergency in Japan On April 7, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 for seven prefectures – Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka – for a period of one month until May 6. More prefectures may be added to the list covered …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 10, 2020)

On April 7, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 for seven prefectures – Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka – for a period of one month until May 6. The prime minister outlined measures such as teleworking, social distancing, and e-learning to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 7, 2020)

On April 2, 2020, the U.S Department of State suspended processing of routine passport and citizenship services for U.S. citizens overseas. As of April 8, 2020, and in accordance with this worldwide directive, the Embassy and consulates in Japan have canceled all routine passport and citizenship appointments. Until further notice, we are only able to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 6, 2020)

Certain areas of Japan continue to experience significant increases in COVID-19 cases. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced April 6 that he intends to declare on April 7 a state of emergency regarding the coronavirus pandemic for seven areas of Japan – Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka – for a period of around …

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U.S. Embassy Letter Regarding COVID-19 to U.S. Citizen English Teachers and Advisors in Japan

TO: U.S. Citizen English Teachers and Advisors in JapanDATE: April 1, 2020 The U.S. Embassy has no higher priority than the protection and safety of U.S. citizens in Japan. While all U.S. government-sponsored exchange and teaching programs are suspended, we are aware that throughout the country, thousands of U.S. citizens are working as English teachers …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo

Date: March 26, 2020 Location: Japan Japan’s Enhanced Screening and Quarantine Measures for Travelers from the United States: The Government of Japan has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Effective March 26, all travelers arriving from the United States, including Japanese citizens, will be required to self-quarantine for a …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (March 23, 2020) Location:  Japan Event: Japan’s Enhanced Screening and Quarantine Measures for Travelers from the United States: The government of Japan has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Effective March 26, all travelers arriving from the United States, including Japanese citizens, will be …

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CDC Travel Notice for Japan – Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Japan. Widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported in Japan. Widespread ongoing transmission means that people have been infected with the virus, but how or where they became infected is not known, and virus transmission is …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. …

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Suspension of Routine Visa Services

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and all Consulates in Japan have suspended routine Nonimmigrant visa and Immigrant visa appointments. Diplomatic/official visa applications and other visa applications that do not require an in-person interview are not affected and will continue to be processed at this …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo

March 13, 2020 Location: Japan Event: There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China. The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 110,000 reported cases worldwide. The Government of Japan has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo

March 12, 2020 Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo

Exercise Increased Caution due to an outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2). A novel (new) coronavirus disease, recently designated as COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in China in December 2019. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization determined the …

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Updates on COVID-19 in Japan

April 2 In a video message to U.S. citizens in Japan, Charge d’Affaires Joe Young discusses the Japanese government’s recent travel restrictions as well as where Americans can get accurate and updated information about COVID-19. March 27 Listen to CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield’s interview with the FOX News Rundown podcast. March 26 The …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Date: February 3, 2020 Location: Tokyo, Japan Event: Coronavirus Outbreak – Travel Restrictions, Safety Measures The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China and subsequently declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). For current …

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Suspension and Limitation on Entry into the United States for Non-U.S. citizens – Updated March 16, 2020

Entry is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation, of non-LPR foreign nationals who were present in the People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe of Great Britain …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Japan Post Bank to Stop Issuing International Postal Money Orders, Change Impacts U.S. Passport Renewals by Mail

November 29, 2019 As of the close of business on December 30, 2019, Japan Post Bank (Yu-cho Bank – JPゆうちょ銀行) will no longer issue International Postal Money Orders. After this date, it will not be possible to purchase money orders for mail-in passport renewals in Japan outside of U.S. military installations as noted below. The …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Location: Central Japan, including Tokyo (October 12-13, 2019) Event: Based on current tracking, Typhoon Hagibis (Typhoon No. 19) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Central Japan, including the Tokyo area, beginning Saturday, October 12, 2019, and continuing through Sunday, October 13, 2019. Any …

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Embassy to Open at 10:30 a.m. on September 9 due to Typhoon 15

Due to heavy weather from Typhoon No.15, the Embassy will open two hours later than usual on Monday, September 9, 2019. The consular section will open at 10:00 a.m. Applicants who have visa appointments or American Citizen Services appointments before 10:00 a.m. should come to the Embassy after 10:00 a.m. If you experience difficulties coming …

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Weather Alert: Typhoon Krosa

Location: Western Japan, including Osaka and Hiroshima (August 14-16, 2019) Event: Typhoon Krosa is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Western Japan, including Kyushu, Shikoku, and western Honshu, beginning Wednesday, August 14, 2019, and continuing through the early morning of Friday, August 16, 2019, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Season 2019

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo reminds U.S. citizens in Japan that typhoon season has begun and will last through November 2019, though most tropical cyclones typically develop through October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA predicts a 70 percent chance of above-normal tropical cyclone activity in the Pacific during the 2019 typhoon season. In …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Consulates General Fukuoka and Osaka-Kobe

Location: Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Ehime prefectures (July 1, 2019) Event: Heavy rain could cause landslides and flooding in low-lying areas across the country, and officials have issued evacuation advisories for more than 1 million people in Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Ehime prefectures. Any closures of Mission Japan facilities will be communicated via Facebook, Twitter, …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Consulate General Naha October 4, 2018

Location: Okinawa Prefecture (October 4-5, 2018) Event: Typhoon Kong-Rey is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Okinawa Prefecture beginning early Thursday, October 4, 2018, and continuing through late Friday, October 5, 2018. Based on current tracking, the storm may also cause weather disruptions throughout …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo September 27, 2018

Location: Okinawa Prefecture (September 28-29, 2018), continuing through Kyushu, Honshu, and Hokkaido (September 29 – October 1). Event: Typhoon Trami (Typhoon No. 24) is expected to affect areas of Okinawa Prefecture and Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture beginning early Friday, September 28 through late Saturday, September 29. The storm is then expected to track …

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Alert: Hokkaido Earthquake Update, September 7, 2018

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Hokkaido at approximately 3:08 am Japan Standard Time (JST) on September 6, 2018. No tsunami warning was issued. The region continues to experience aftershocks and landslides, which may continue over the coming week. Information on affected areas is available in English from the Japan Meteorological Agency. U.S. citizens in …

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Alert: Hokkaido Earthquake September 6, 2018

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Hokkaido at approximately 3:08 am Japan Standard Time (JST). Train lines in the area are currently suspended, and all flights at Chitose International Airport have been canceled. No tsunami warning has been issued. The region continues to experience aftershocks and landslides, which may continue over the coming week. U.S. citizens …

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Alert: Typhoon Jebi (Typhoon No. 21) Temporary Closure Message of U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe, Japan

Please note that the U.S. Consulate General in Osaka-Kobe will be temporarily closed on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, due to Typhoon Jebi (Typhoon Number 21), which is forecast to hit the Kansai region around 12:00 p.m. that day. Typhoon Jebi (Typhoon Number 21) is expected to make landfall near Tokushima and Wakayama prefectures the afternoon of Tuesday, September 4, as a …

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Alert: Typhoon Cimaron (Typhoon No. 20) August 22, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Cimaron (Typhoon Number 20) is expected to make landfall near Shikoku the afternoon of August 23, 2018, and then move on to affect other areas of western Japan, including the Kinki, Chugoku, Tokai, and Hokuriku regions. It is then anticipated to arrive in the Tohoku …

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Alert: Typhoon Jongdari (Typhoon No. 12) — July 27, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Jongdari (Typhoon No. 12) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding and landslides to Southern Honshu and to the Kinki, Shikoku, Chugoku and Kyushu regions of Japan.  Jongdari is forecast to pass by the Ogasawara Archipelago (also …

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Alert: Super Typhoon Maria (Typhoon No. 8) – July 9, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Super Typhoon Maria (Typhoon No. 8) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to Southern and Western Okinawa Prefecture. Maria is forecast to make landfall near the Sakishima Islands, including Miyako, Ishigaki, Iriomote and Yonaguni Islands in Okinawa …

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Alert: Typhoon Prapiroon Update – July 2, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Prapiroon (Typhoon No. 7) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Kyushu beginning late Monday, July 2, and continuing through Tuesday, July 3. In conjunction with this storm, the Japan Meteorological Agency may issue …

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Alert: Typhoon Prapiroon June 29, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Prapiroon (Typhoon No. 7) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Okinawa Prefecture and Amami Islands in southern Kagoshima Prefecture beginning early Saturday, June 30, and continuing through late Sunday, July 1. The storm …

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Alert: Hurricane and Typhoon Season – June 27, 2018

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2018, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those …

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Alert: Osaka Earthquake – June 18, 2018

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Osaka at approximately 8:00 am JST. There have been three confirmed deaths, and reports of more than 50 other casualties. Train lines in the area are currently suspended. No tsunami warning has been issued. The weather agency has issued a warning against landslides, adding that people should be cautious about …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

January 31, 2018 Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

January 5, 2018 On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest Outside Fukuoka American Center

Japanese authorities have informed us of planned protests against the United States’ recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, at the following times and locations: Friday, December 15th, 1500 hours to 1700 hours, U.S. Embassy Tokyo Sunday, December 17th, from 1030 hours to 1300, various spots around Tenjin (near the Fukuoka American Center) …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest Outside U.S. Embassy on Friday, Dec. 15

Japanese authorities have informed the U.S. Embassy that on Friday, December 15th, from 1500 hours to 1700 hours, approximately 300 demonstrators plan to protest the United States’ recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The protest is expected to be held approximately 200 meters north of the Embassy’s main gate (near Sotobori-Dori). Although …

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Worldwide Caution – Dec. 6, 2017

December 6, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Typhoon Saola October 27, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Saola (Typhoon No. 22) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Okinawa Prefecture and Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture beginning early Saturday, October 28, and continuing through late Sunday, October 29. The storm …

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Security Message: Safe Night in Tokyo

June 30, 2017 As peak travel season approaches, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo is offering the following security tips to help visitors stay safe while enjoying Tokyo’s world-famous nightlife. The general crime rate in Japan is well below the U.S. national average, and Tokyo, like all of Japan, is generally a safe place for visitors. …

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Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2017

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2017, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those …

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