The Japanese government has updated its COVID-19 entry requirements and implemented a new COVID-19 country classification system.

Key Points:

  • As of June 1, Japanese authorities categorized countries into “blue,” “yellow” and “red” groups. The lists are available here.
  • Travelers from blue countries and fully vaccinated travelers from yellow countries are no longer required to test for COVID-19 upon arrival or undergo a mandatory quarantine.
  • The daily international arrival cap has increased from 10,000 to 20,000 entries per day.

Additional Information: Regardless of a traveler’s departure country, individuals must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before departure to enter Japan. More information regarding Japan’s current border measures is available here.

BAL Analysis: Border measures may change with little or no notice. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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