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 and Notarial Services

On Thursday, March 19, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and all Consulates in Japan will suspend routine nonimmigrant visa appointments and will stop accepting appointments for routine notarial services. This action does not apply to diplomatic/official visa applications or to immigrant visa applications. All services to U.S. citizens will continue, except for new requests for …

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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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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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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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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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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Emergency Preparedness

August 31, 2017 Mid-way through the 2017 Typhoon season and ahead of September National Preparedness Month in Japan, the U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens living and traveling in Japan of the importance of staying connected and having access to the latest local emergency information. The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo encourages U.S. citizens …

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Consular Services in Yamaguchi on September 7 and 8

The Consulate in Fukuoka will be making a consular services visit to Iwakuni City and Yamaguchi City. A Consul and staff member will be available to accept applications for U.S. passports and birth registrations, perform notary services, and assist with other consular matters. Please note that all services are by appointment only. Please contact the …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Noru (No. 5)

August 4, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Noru (Typhoon Number 5) is expected to make landfall near Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture during the morning of August 5, 2017, and then move on to affect Kyushu and possibly other parts of Japan.  In conjunction with this storm, the …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest on Anniversary of 1945 Tokyo Bombing

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest on Anniversary of 1945 Tokyo Bombing March 10, 2017 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place around the Embassy and surrounding areas between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM on March 10. Protestors will be demonstrating to call attention to the 1945 bombing of …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Absentee Voting in 2017

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal …

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