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Japan introduces stricter entry norms for India, Pakistan, and Nepal

To ensure further safety, Japan has recently enforced stricter entry norms for those visitors who belong to Covid-hit South Asian countries, including India. As per Japan’s foreign ministry website, foreign nationals with the status of residence who have stayed in India, Pakistan, and Nepal within 14 days before the application for landing will not be allowed to enter the country for the time being, unless there are special exceptional circumstances.

The foregoing measures have been implemented from 12 am (JST) on May 14, 2021. These measures will not be applicable to those individuals who will leave those three countries before 12 am (JST) on May 14, 2021 and arrive in Japan after the mentioned time.

As per new regulations, foreign nationals who have stayed in 152 countries including India, US, Canada, and UK will not be able to currently enter Japan. However, there are certain exceptions.

As per the latest restriction, those foreign nationals who departed Japan with the permit to re-enter the country before 31 August, 2020, will not be allowed to enter the country now. However, many individuals who were not permitted to re-enter Japan because of the expiration of the validity period of the re-entry permission may have already obtained a visa based on the newly-issued certificate of eligibility. These individuals will also be subject to denial of landing for the time being if they have stayed in India, Pakistan, and Nepal within the 14 days before filing an application for landing.