Starting from September 1, Japan’s widely criticized re-entry ban will be lifted for foreign residents said the Japanese Government on Friday, August 28, 2021. They also cited that the testing capacity at the airports increased.

Under this new policy, around 2.4 million foreign residents in Japan will be allowed to leave and enter Japan. This includes permanent residents, business people, students and families. Around 29,000 foreigners who have already left Japan to countries and regions designated as areas subject to entry denial after April 3, will also be allowed to return.

Though the re-entry ban will be lifted, the following requirements will be imposed to residents re-entering and leaving Japan:

  • Returning residents will be required to take a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test within 72 hours before departing for Japan.
  • Upon arrival, they should provide the result to authorities.
  • If the result is positive with coronavirus, they will be denied from entering.
  • Foreign residents will be required to undergo coronavirus testing upon entry
  • If permitted to enter, a 14-day quarantine will be required.
  • During the quarantine period, they are also refrain from using public transportation.

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