Japan unblocked in March? Is it finally possible for international students to enter Japan?

During the past two years of the coronavirus pneumonia epidemic, Japan has been implementing a ban on new arrivals from abroad for a long period of time. Although there were temporary openings in the middle of the period, Japan closed its doors again from the end of November last year (2021) as the worldwide outbreak reached a new high, and the closure policy, which had been in place for only one month, was extended until the end of February. However, it appears that the Japanese government will not continue this policy of banning foreigners from entering the country under new regulations until after March, but is moving toward lifting the entry restrictions at the end of February.

According to reports, the Japanese government will gradually ease entry restrictions on businesspeople and international students in March. According to the current situation of infection and public opinion, there will be a concrete implementation plan probably within this week.

The current immigration policy will be maintained in February, but from March onwards, the immigration policy will be adjusted. The number of people allowed to enter Japan each day will be increased, and people will be allowed to enter Japan if they meet the conditions of vaccination and voluntary quarantine after entering the country. Also, the length of separation after entry may be shortened. The final decision on when to start adjusting the entry policy will be based on the infection status inside and outside of Japan.

The number of people allowed to enter Japan each day is planned to be around 5,000 per day. The location of isolation after entry and the choice of supervisors are also being discussed.

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However, there is currently no plan to open the entry of tourists to Japan.


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