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
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
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