Japan from tomorrow will allow re-entry to returnees from six countries, including Sri Lanka, who were previously prevented from entering due to the spread of the coronavirus delta variant.
The countries also include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Nepal which were covered by a near-total entry ban on foreign nationals, including those who have been vaccinated and those with a valid residence status in Japan.
The entry ban was imposed earlier this year as part of Japan’s quarantine measures on all foreign nationals who spent time in the six countries within 14 days prior to their intended arrival.
The end of the entry ban for the six countries is part of a major revision of Japan’s quarantine policy.
With the change, the Japanese government has introduced a three-day mandatory stay in government-designated facilities for travelers from more than 40 countries.
Arrivals subject to the mandatory three-day measure will be required to undergo tests for COVID-19 on the third day of their stay in self-isolation after entering Japan, in addition to a test conducted on arrival.
Those who test negative will be allowed to return to their homes in Japan or to a facility of their choosing for the remainder of their 14-day quarantine period.