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COVID-19 Info No.14

With effect of 1 November 2020, Japan has removed 8 countries (including Australia, Korea and Thailand) from the list of countries subject to an entry ban, and added 2 further countries (Jordan, Myanmar) to the list. All European countries, including Germany, are still subject to the entry ban. Foreigners who have stayed in one of the 152 countries on the list within 14 days prior to their arrival in Japan are principally refused entry, unless there are special circumstances under which an entry to Japan can be permitted. (English)

The Immigration Services Agency of Japan has published on its website information regarding the details of said special circumstances, which include for example:

– The grant of a short-term business trip visa by a Japanese consulate or embassy in the country on the list, based on an invitation from a company in Japan and the submission of a pledge regarding infection prevention measures by the inviting organization (newly added as of 1 November 2020).
– Foreigners with a resident status holding a reentry permit, and family members of Japanese nationals or of foreigners with a permanent resident status. (Japanese)

All foreigners who have stayed in a country on the list in the 14 days preceding their entry to Japan are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test certificate acquired within 72 hours before arrival, undergo a second COVID-19 test upon arrival, and observe a 14 days’ quarantine after entry to Japan. Failure to submit the test certificate principally results in a refusal of entry to Japan. (Japanese)

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COVID-19 Info No.09

The Japanese Government lifts the COVID-19 state of emergency nationwide. Tokyo and four other prefectures (Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama and Hokkaido) were the last regions where the emergency state has been removed. Entry restrictions to Japan for foreign nationals still remain. For an updated overview on the actual border enforcement measures,...

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COVID-19 Info No.07

With view on the less than expected decrease of infections in Japan, the Japanese government has extended the nationwide state of emergency declaration to 31 May 2020.

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COVID-19 Info No.06

The Japanese Government expanded the state of emergency to the entire nation as new COVID-19 cases continue to spread. The legally non-enforceable measure urges residents to stay home and puts political and social pressure on much of public life to be closed down. The measure will be effective until May 6 for all of Japan, the same expiration...

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COVID-19 Info No.05

The Japanese Government declared a state of emergency effective from 7 April and lasting through 6 May. This applies to Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures. As a consequence, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government requests all residents to stay at home and avoid all but essential trips outside, besides going to work, grocery shopping or hospital...

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Newsflash COVID-19 Labor Relations (1) (January 2020)

A new coronavirus (temporarily named “2019-nCoV” by the WHO) which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan is now spreading worldwide. The coronavirus has been declared by the WHO as a public health emergency of international concern. Several infections have been reported in Japan and companies now need to address the issue not only from a medical and hygiene perspective, but also in consideration of applicable labor law. We have therefore prepared a short Q&A on some relevant questions you may have in this respect.

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