What is the change? Japan recently restricted inbound travel from an additional 17 countries and territories to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

What does the change mean?
Foreign nationals who have visited the following countries/territories within the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter Japan: Botswana, Comoros, Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Namibia, Nepal, the Palestinian territories, Paraguay, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.

  • Implementation time frame: The restrictions took effect July 24.
  • Visas/permits affected: Any visa used to enter Japan.
  • Who is affected: Travelers from the 17 additional countries/territories.
  • Business impact: Employees from the affected countries/territories will be restricted from entering Japan for the time being.

Background: Japan began restricting entry of foreign nationals in February. The total number of restricted countries and regions is now 146.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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