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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (June 19, 2020)
June 19, 2020

State of COVID-19 Measures in Japan

Location: Japan

The Government of Japan has continued to relax restrictions related to COVID-19. As of May 25, the state of emergency was lifted for all prefectures in the country. On June 19, the government relaxed its recommendation against non-essential cross-prefectural travel.

International travel restrictions previously instituted by the Government of Japan remain in place and unchanged despite the national state of emergency being lifted. U.S. citizens, to include those with resident status in Japan, generally remain prohibited from entering the country under the current travel restrictions. The Government of Japan published additional information regarding exemptions to its entry restrictions, which is available here. U.S. citizens residing in Japan should carefully review the government’s restrictions before embarking on travel to the United States. U.S. citizens currently outside Japan in possession of Japanese visas should contact the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate to ensure the validity of the visa before attempting to travel to Japan. The Government of Japan continues to cancel visas issued to citizens in countries currently subject to Japanese travel bans/restrictions.

Authorities in many prefectures and municipal wards are issuing their own roadmaps for reopening schools, businesses, and public venues and events based on local conditions. They have also established metrics for reinstituting stay-at-home orders should significant second wave infections occur. The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to comply with all guidelines issued by national and local authorities.

U.S. Mission Japan personnel continue to follow practices recommended by the U.S. and Japanese Governments to promote social distancing.

United States Forces Japan (USFJ) continues to enforce Health Protection Condition measures consistent with its pandemic control operations.

Continued Routine Passport, Citizenship, and Visa Service Limitations

The U.S. Department of State has temporarily suspended processing of routine visa services. These services remain suspended throughout Japan at this time despite the lifting of the state of emergency.

Appointments for routine passport and citizenship services continue to be very limited. For specific information please check our website and contact the Embassy or consulate nearest you for assistance.

Reduction in International Flights

International flights are currently available in Japan, but service has been drastically reduced compared with the pre-COVID-19 period. Direct flights between the United States and Japan are currently only available from Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports. The U.S. government does not anticipate staging repatriation flights in Japan. U.S. citizens who reside abroad should avoid all international travel. As a reminder, non-Japanese citizens who leave Japan, even U.S. citizen legal residents, will not be able to return under current restrictions.

Resources in Japan

Below are sources of local COVID-19 information in English. This list is not exhaustive:

U.S. citizens should closely monitor trusted local news sources and local authorities’ communications for updates and information.

Japanese immigration officials have: extended the period of application for certain types of visa extensions and residency applications; increased the waiting time for decisions in certain cases; extended visa validity for visitors whose period of stay expired in March through July; and, have announced new measures to reduce congestion in waiting rooms. More information can be found online here.

The Japan National Tourism Organization maintains up-to-date information on screening and quarantine measures for travelers. It also operates a 24/7 visitor hotline, available in English. To call from Japan: 050-3816-2787; from overseas: +81-50-3816-2787.

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare also has a 24/7 hotline at +81-3-3595-2176 with English-speaking operators, and has a Q&A on the new measures.

The Association of Medical Doctors of Asia Medical Information Center are operating a hotline to assist foreign nationals in Japan with questions about COVID-19. It is available from 10:00 to 17:00, and can be reached at 03-6233-9266. More information can be found here.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government launched a multilingual call center on COVID-19 for foreign residents. They can be reached by phone from 10:00 to 17:00, Monday through Friday, at 0120-296-004. Callers should note that the initial recording is in Japanese, but if you hold the line you can be assisted in English.

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel: The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

CDC Travel Notice for Japan: On March 21, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 Warning (Avoid Nonessential Travel) for COVID-19 in Japan.

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