The Japanese government has extended the restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals into the country until the end of February.
From November 30, 2021, Japan effectively banned the entry of foreign nationals who have stayed in designated countries/regions within the previous 14 days unless they were under “special circumstances.” These measures were planned to continue until December 31, 2021. However, considering the rapid spread of Omicron infection, the Japanese government announced on January 11 that the restrictions would continue through the end of February 2022.
Under the measures, the use of the relaxed entry framework under pre-clearance from relevant ministries—introduced last November—will be suspended. The relaxed treatment for COVID-19 vaccination certificate holders’ activities also will be suspended until the end of February. (Read our prior LawFlash on the relaxed restrictions.)
Foreign nationals under “special circumstances” may be exempted from the entry ban.
The criteria to meet the “special circumstances” has been narrowly tailored and adjusted to the COVID-19 situation and, under current operations, there are no “special circumstances” that accommodate general business activities.
As of January 12, 2022, foreign nationals under “special circumstances” include those who
The framework of entries of foreign nationals from this March is anticipated to primarily depend on the infection status of COVID-19 going forward. Close monitoring over the situation would still be needed in terms of foreigners’ entry into Japan.
Mai Ishii (Licensed Professional – Administrative Procedure) and Ayako Hiraiwa (Licensed Professional – Commercial Registrations & Administrative Procedure) contributed to this LawFlash.
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