Can Nigerians in Japan
Coronavirus: situation in Japan
Current overview and info updates
Status: May 21, 2021
Current & important
Continued entry ban for foreigners without a long-term residence permit in Japan. In principle, the Japanese embassies abroad do not issue visas for assemblies or similar important business trips - a few exceptions only if the public interest in the foreigner's entry has been confirmed by a Japanese government agency (and for individual humanitarian reasons). The visa exemption for Austrian and most other foreign citizens was unilaterally suspended by Japan in March 2020.
Austria has been on the list of high-risk countries (virus mutations) since March 5, 2021, so that stricter quarantine measures apply to all travelers (including Japanese and foreigners with a residence permit) who have stayed in one of these countries in the last 14 days: Accommodation in a state-assigned, guarded accommodation (isolated hotel room) for three days, then a third virus test (one each was necessary before departure and one on arrival), albeit the negative one, release into the - now electronically monitored - domestic quarantine for others eleven days. (For travelers from countries that are not on the list of high-risk countries, the three-day forced stay in the assigned hotel room and the third virus test do not apply.)
State of emergency in various prefectures, especially in the economically most important and densely populated cities of Japan, is constantly being imposed, relaxed or tightened. Depending on the prefecture, this state of emergency means earlier curfew hours and alcohol bans in restaurants, access restrictions at major events and, in some cases, shop closings in retail outlets. Many public institutions that are directly under the control of the affected prefectures, such as libraries and museums, are also completely closed or can only be accessed by prior arrangement.
Politicians never tire of stressing that it has been postponed to summer 2021Olympic(July 23rd to August 8th) and Paralympic Games (August 24th to September 5th) should take place according to plan, at least without international, maybe even without local spectators in the stands. Japan only wants the (not yet precisely defined) very tight entourages of the athletes, absolutely necessary sports officials and official media representatives to travel to the games. In any case, surprises in the Olympic planning must still be expected.
Entry and travel regulations
|Relief for vaccinated people||Relief for those who have recovered||Relief for the tested|
|No consideration for vaccinations.||No consideration for recoveries.||Max. 72 hours old test upon arrival, negative test at the airport, three days of quarantine in assigned hotel room (free for travelers), third test after three days, if also negative: another eleven days of app-monitored home quarantine|
In principle, foreigners are only allowed to enter Japan if they have a valid residence permit (Residents ‘Card) in Japan (double negative test result plus 14-day quarantine monitored by apps).
All arriving passengers, both Japanese and foreigners, who have stayed in one of the following countries in the past fourteen days (including Austria and most of the neighboring countries) will no longer be released into home quarantine after arriving in Japan, but have to stay in for three days a state-assigned quarantine facility - usually a hotel room that cannot be left for three days (three daily bento meals are provided for contactless acceptance). Another COVID test is necessary after three days, and only with this third negative result will you be released into the home quarantine monitored by apps and control calls for the remaining 11 days.
- Canada (Ontario Province)
- Czech Republic
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- USA (Tennessee, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota)
There are no travel restrictions within Japan, apart from recommendations in some places to avoid traveling across individual prefectural borders as far as possible.
As a rule, you will receive approximately monthly updates on the Japanese entry restrictions for business travelers from Austria if you subscribe to our mailing list.
Sending samples, meetings to prepare offers, contacts with suppliers etc. do not have to and should not be omitted despite this extremely difficult travel situation. The Foreign Trade Center Tokyo offers tailor-made support from our on-site staff as a substitute for business trips and personal visits. Contact us informally: [email protected]
Protective measures and business life
In some regions - focused on the large metropolitan areas - earlier curfew hours (8:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m.) have been prescribed for the catering trade. Some retail stores and service providers also work with somewhat limited operating hours, especially earlier curfew hours. When a state of emergency is locally declared, shop closings in shopping centers and alcohol bans in restaurants can also be imposed.
Almost all shops, museums etc. have made mask compulsory of their own accord, but most Japanese people practically always wear surgical masks in public spaces today. In many companies, office workers work from home.
Virus tests are offered to people with clear symptoms of the disease on a doctor's prescription and, most recently, to people leaving Tokyo at Narita and Haneda Airports at not inconsiderable costs. There is no generally available voluntary PCR or antigen testing facility. However, self-test kits have appeared in drugstores since spring 2021.
COVID-19 vaccinations for hospital staff as well as the elderly in many prefectures have started.
Support measures for the economy
Japan offers a wide range of aid measures to strengthen the purchasing power of the population as well as to provide direct support to economic operators who have been damaged by the COVID crisis. This includes direct payments to all people regardless of social conditions, rent subsidies and higher unemployment benefits for citizens, but also a whole range of possible compensation payments, tax deferrals and tax exemptions for commercial companies with a significant decline in sales. As a result of the crisis, a state-supported short-time working model and generous subsidies for technical equipment for setting up home office options were introduced.
Further information and emergency numbers
Do not make any unsecured payments at the moment; when importing, you should at least insist on CAD document collection. The Foreign Trade Center will also be happy to assist you with (local and Japanese-speaking) contact with your Japanese business partner and mediate in order to avoid misunderstandings.
The Foreign Trade Center Tokyo informs Austrians abroad and employees of Austrian companies in Japan about current developments via webinars, community calls, WhatsApp groups, Twitter postings, etc. Please contact us if necessary [email protected] so that we can include you .
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends foreign travelers as well as Austrians abroad to register on their website www.bmeia.gv.at in order to receive important information from the Austrian embassy in Tokyo (usually by email).
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