As of today, 159 countries and territories were banned from entering Japan since the Coronavirus started to spread in the country. As the time goes by, there are already improvements on the rules of entering Japan, one of these is that foreign residents can now travel in and out of the country provided they follow some protocols that the government has set.

Another improvement which was announced last September 8, five more countries where added in the travel bubble list of Japan. Joining Thailand and Vietnam in the list are Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Taiwan. Take note that the travel bubble is currently limited to the residents in the respective countries mention earlier.  Also, Japan and Singapore have agreed to a travel corridor which allow entry for short-term business travelers starting this September 18.

Even though these countries were already added in Japan’s travel bubble list, there are still protocols need to be followed which seems to be still complicated. Here are the required protocols that you need to follow:

If you are departing Japan:

  • You must submit a visa application and required document at your country’s Japan Embassy.
  • Before your departure, you should monitor your health for 14 days.
  • You must have a testing result certificate to present at the airport.
  • Take a COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival at your destination and follow the pre-stipulated quarantine measures.

If you are entering Japan, you’ll have to apply for visa or re-entry confirmation at Japan’s overseas establishment, do the steps mentioned above as well as those listed below:

  • You must submit a written pledge to follow self-quarantine procedure after arriving in Japan.
  • You must submit testing certificate at the airport.
  • You must be tested upon arriving at the airport.
  • You must install the COVID-19 tracing app.
  • You must self-quarantine for 14 days and avoid public transportation.

If you are departing from Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, you must also submit a “re-entry confirmation letter” and a certificate of COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before your departure.

For more detailed information, please see the links below:

For more information and updates, please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.