Citizens from other countries are now permitted to enter Japan after the latter’s government has abolished the entry ban imposed on arrivals from other countries as an effort to halt the further spread of the Coronavirus and its new variants.
In addition, according to local media in Japan, the country has increased the maximum daily number of entrants from 3,500 to 5,000, VisaGuide.World reports.
The recent changes mean that internationals are now eligible to visit Japan for business purposes, including students, technical interns, and others. However, internationals interested in entering Japan for tourism purposes are still prohibited from entering.
At the same time, arrivals from other countries are required to meet some conditions in order to be permitted to reach Japan after the country’s authorities continue to apply testing and quarantine measures imposed due to the Coronavirus.
- The entry requirements introduced by Japan’s government include:
- A negative result of the Coronavirus not older than 72 hours before departure
- A signed copy of the Written Pledge of entrance
- A complete COVID-19 questionnaire that the Ministry of Health has administered
- Proof of having downloaded the health monitoring app
“The Japanese government will gradually increase the international human traffic in view of both the domestic and overseas infection situations, the trend of demand for entry, including among Japanese nationals, quarantine systems, among other issues,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno pointed out in this regard.
In order to halt the spread of the Coronavirus, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, in late November 2021, announced that it banned the entry for internationals amid the raised concerns over the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
However, many countries worldwide have started to change their approach to the virus, considering it more like an endemic disease, thus easing the rules imposed to stop its further spread.
Authorities in Japan have also started to facilitate the preventive measures imposed due to the Coronavirus.
According to the figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 5,005,892 people have tested positive for the virus in Japan since the beginning of the pandemic, while a total of 23,633 people have died.
In addition, the data provided by WHO also reveals that in the last seven days, a total of 465,236 people have contracted the Coronavirus in Japan, while 1,633 people have died.
However, despite the increased number of infections recorded in Japan as well as other countries, the Prime Minister previously stressed that the restrictions would soon be lifted.
Such a decision comes as part of efforts to facilitate the travel process and help industries recover from the damages caused by the virus.