Japan will impose entry restrictions on travelers from the

United States, including Japanese, after increasing the warning

level for the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Entrants from all areas of the United States, including

Japanese nationals, will be asked to stay at a location designated

by the head of a quarantine station and not to use public

transportation in Japan for 14 days,” Prime Minister Shinzo

Abe said at an Upper House Budget Committee meeting on March

23.

The restrictions will be enforced on the entrants who arrive in

Japan via planes and vessels that have departed on and after

midnight of March 25. The policy will continue until the end of

April and may be extended.

The government will not take any measures regarding visas that

have already been issued, such as voiding them.

The Foreign Ministry on March 22 raised the infectious disease

warning for the United States to Level 2, third from top on a

four-stage scale, for the first time, urging the public to avoid

nonessential travel to the country.

Japan has gradually introduced entry restrictions from countries

under the Level 2 warning, namely China, South Korea, Iran, Egypt

and the entire European Union except for five countries in eastern

Europe.

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