There is an entry ban to Japan for all foreign citizens who have visited Sweden, and many other countries, during the past 14 days. Foreign citizens who have visited these countries are not allowed to enter Japan. Swedish and other European citizens who live in Japan – even those with a permanent residence permit – cannot return to Japan, if the date of departure from Japan is on or later than 3 April, unless there are special exceptional circumstances.
More information from the Japanese Ministry of Justice here.
Those who left Japan before 3 April, and are for example permanent residents or spouses of Japanese citizens, may in principle get exemptions to the entry ban. From 5 August, exceptions may also be granted to all residents who left Japan on or before 2 April with a valid re-entry permit. Certain procedures should be followed. Please read the Japanese government's explanation on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Since 21 March there were already entry restrictions to Japan from many European countries, including Sweden. The right to stay in Japan for 90 days without a visa was suspended. Visas issued before 20 March were also suspended. Swedish citizens who are in Japan as temporary visitors can stay in Japan until the end of the 90 days period. In case the visa needs to be extended, please contact Japan Immigration Bureau.
Situation in Japan
Measures encouraging social distancing, weaing masks, avoiding closed spaces are in place. Swedish citizens in Japan are recommended to follow the developments and the instructions of local authorities. For more information, please check Japan National Tourism Organization. Information about policy in Tokyo is accessible here: Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Many airlines continue to operate between Japan and Europe, but with reduced traffic, and flights can be cancelled at short notice. Please check the airlines’ webpages for the latest information.
The Embassy recommends all Swedish temporary visitors in Japan (Swedish citizens and others with the right to enter Sweden and who intend to return to Sweden relatively soon, as opposed to Swedes who live in Japan) to consider to quickly return to Sweden.
Please contact your airline or travel agency, and your insurance company, about possible economic consequences.
Contact with the Embassy and Ministry for Foreign Affairs
The Embassy’s opening hours are found here.
Read the recommendations of the Swedish MFA about the new coronavirus here.
Swedish travelers are recommended to download the app UD Resklar, with easy to access travel information. If you haven’t registered your stay abroad, you are recommended to do so.
In case you have questions about the coronavirus to the MFA, and do not find the answer at Swedenabroad, you can send an e-mail to email@example.com or call + 46 8-405 92 00.
Please check the webpage of the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan for updated information about the situation and recommendations.
Tokyo Coronavirus Support Center for Foreign Residents (TOCOS) gives advice in English to foreign citizens in Tokyo. Telephone number 0120-296-004. TOCOS is open weekdays 10.00-17.00.
You can call Japan National Tourism Organization at any time – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – at +81 50 3816 2787.
Please find questions and answers about the coronavirus at the webpage of The Public Health Agency of Sweden, här.
The WHO webpage has updated information about the coronavirus here.