Restrictions in Japan around border controls and states of emergency


  • On 11 January 2022, Japan announced the extension of stringent border controls that bar new entry by foreign nationals till end of February. There will be a daily cap of 3,500 arriving passengers, but restrictions barring foreign nationals from 11 high-risk countries (Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia) previously will now be allowed to re-enter.
  • On 24 January 2022, Japan will expand a quasi-state of emergency to over 30 of the country’s 47 prefectures to curb the rapid spread of COVID-19 infections after daily COVID cases hit a record 54,576 on 22 January 2022.