[Mar 2nd Updating]Japan’s New Immigration Policy: Japan Will Ease Border Controls in March?

According to data from a press conference held by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on February 17 at noon Japan time (19:00), the Japanese government has announced that it will begin to impose restrictions on new foreign visitors to Japan in March. The daily limit will be raised from the original 3,500 to 5,000. Currently, under certain conditions, the quarantine will be reduced to three days, or even waived.

Currently, under certain conditions, the quarantine will be reduced to three days. We will continue to monitor the epidemic situation in Japan and the rest of the world, and will open the country slowly.

Starting December 1, foreigners with permission to stay in Japan for a long period of time will be allowed to enter Japan, but the maximum number of visitors will be lowered from 5,000 to 3,500.

Update March 2nd

Today, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and other ministries updated the “外国人の新規入国制限の見直しについて” (regarding the revision of entry restrictions for foreigners entering the country for the first time).
This time, the following people are eligible to enter the country:

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  1. Those who will stay in Japan for a short period of time (less than 3 months) for business, employment, etc.
  2. Those who will stay in Japan for a long period of time

In addition, you can confirm the information required to be filled out on the top page of the following website, as well as the online application method for new arrivals from abroad, for receiving organizations in Japan.

https://entry.hco.mhlw.go.jp/

The following is a quote of the speech given by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the Prime Minister’s Office on February 17.

Source: https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/101_kishida/statement/2022/0217kaiken.html

そして第3に、水際対策の見直しです。これまで厳しい水際対策を講じて稼いだ時間を活用し、病床確保やワクチン接種の推進など、国内の対応、体制を整備することができました。3月1日からは検査、行動把握、そして感染拡大リスクの高い場合の待機期間の設定といった基本的な条件を守ることにより、引き続きG7で最も厳しい水準は維持しつつ、水際対策の骨格を段階的に緩和していきます。

具体的には、入国者の待機期間については、これまでのオミクロン株との闘いの中で蓄積された知見に基づき、入国前検査と入国時検査に加え、さらに3日目検査の陰性を条件に、原則7日間の待機期間を3日にいたします。なおこの際、リスクの高い方々は引き続き施設待機とさせていただきます。また、ワクチンの3回目追加接種者で、感染が落ち着いている非指定国からの入国者は、待機期間をゼロといたします。これらにより、主要先進国並みの待機措置としていきます。外国人の新規入国については、受入責任者の管理の下、観光目的以外の新規入国者に限って認めることといたします。受入企業、団体の申請手続は一元的にオンラインで完結するように簡素化してまいります。1日当たりの入国人数については、3,500人から5,000人へと戻し、今後、日本人の帰国需要を踏まえながら、段階的に国際的な人の往来を増やしていきます。

今回については観光目的の方を除いて外国人の方の入国については認めるということを申し上げています。

Translation:

And third, a review of the entry policy. In the past, we have been able to use the time we have earned by taking strict measures to improve our domestic response and systems, such as securing hospital beds and promoting vaccinations. From March 1, we will continue to maintain the strictest standards among the G7 countries by adhering to the basic conditions, such as inspections, behavioral monitoring, and quarantine requirements for cases with a high risk of spreading infection, while gradually relaxing the framework for entry policy.

Specifically, the self-isolating time for those entering Japan will be reduced from seven days in principle to three days, based on the knowledge accumulated in the fight against Omicron strains, in addition to the pre-entry inspection and the inspection at the time of entry, on the condition that the third-day inspection is negative. At this time, those at high risk will continue to be placed on self-isolating at facilities. In addition, the self-isolating time will be reduced to zero for those who have received the third dose (booster) of the vaccine and are from a non-designated country where the infection is still under control. These will bring the quarantine measures to the level of major developed countries. Non-resident foreigners will be allowed to enter the country for non-travel purposes, under the supervision of the person in charge of receiving them. We will simplify the application process for receiving companies and organizations so that it can be completed centrally online. The number of people entering Japan per day will be restored from 3,500 to 5,000, and the international traffic will be increased in stages based on the demand for Japanese nationals to return home.

This time, we will allow foreigners to enter Japan except for those who are here for sightseeing.

Japan’s possible implementation of a new border entry policy for foreigners

Quarantine time after entry

In principle, a 7-day quarantine is required, but if the test is negative on the third day, the quarantine can be ended earlier. If you are traveling to Japan from a country designated for Omicron virus, a three-day quarantine is required.

For those who have received three doses of the vaccine, the following self-isolation measures will be implemented.

  • Omicron designated countries: No quarantine at facilities, but quarantine at home.
  • Non-Omicron designated countries: Exempt from quarantine.

To go to isolation sites (e.g., homes, isolation facilities), public transportation is allowed within 24 hours of the inspection.

Non-resident Foreigners to entry Japan

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Non-resident foreigners will be allowed to enter the country for non-travel purposes, under the supervision of the person in charge of receiving them.

Increase in the total number of Foreingers Entering Japan

Starting March 1, the maximum number of people entering the country will be increased from the previous limit of 3,500 people per day to 5,000 people per day.

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