From October 1, Japan will ease its re-entry ban for all non-tourist visa applicants, including privately financed international students.

With this latest review of Japan’s entry ban, non-Japanese nationals will be allowed to travel to Japan in phases, for reasons including to provide medical services, engage in cultural activities, or carry out educational activities.

Only up to around 1000 new foreign international arrivals will be permitted per day due to testing limitations at airports. All foreigners travelling to Japan under the new rules will have to show proof they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of them leaving for Japan. They will also need to quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Japan.

Japan has enforced an entry ban on travellers from most countries and regions since April as a measure against the transmission of the coronavirus. The Japanese government came under fire early on for banning foreigners with valid residential status from returning to Japan, but not Japanese nationals who arrived back in Japan from overseas during this time.

In September, the government relaxed the ban to allow foreign residents of Japan to leave and return, provided they test negative for the virus within 72 hours before returning to Japan and they self-isolate for 14 days upon their return. They must also agree to refrain from using public transport. Read more about one returning resident’s recent experience here.

Japan has also reopened its borders for long and short-term visitors from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. It’s also looking at allowing business travellers from select countries where cases of the virus are low.

Go! Go! Nihon has been working with language schools in Japan to lobby the government to ease its entry ban for students. As of the writing of this article, we are confirming information with schools and immigration about the process and will be in touch directly with students as soon as possible.