The Japanese national government relaxed travel restrictions within Japan on Friday, June 19, 2020. Travel within Japan is now unrestricted. Trips across prefectural boundaries within Japan are no longer discouraged. Most non-Japanese nationals are still refused entry to Japan, and international travel remains heavily restricted for residents.

Normal travel processes for the booking and approval of domestic business trips should be followed.

You can now travel within Japan for personal or leisure reasons if you wish. You do not need to communicate with your manager about your personal domestic travel. Please be aware that some remote islands in the Okinawa prefecture with vulnerable medical systems continue to practice caution regarding visitors, so please take thorough health precautions and check the webpage of the municipality of your destination to inform your decision to travel or not.

In addition, if any member of your shared household returns from travel, OIST colleagues can take the PCR Test on day 4, 6 and 10 after their household member returns, coming on campus from day 1. If any household member develops any symptoms related to COVID-19, the whole household should quarantine and the OIST member of staff should contact the Health Center.

Important: Do not come to work if you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19. Stay at home, using sick leave. Contact the OIST Health Center by telephone or email. They will advise you.

Travel Outside of Japan

Only holders of Japanese passports are permitted unrestricted entry/re-entry to Japan for the time being. Most nationalities are currently refused entry to Japan. Residents are now allowed to re-enter with a confirmed re-entry permit, which must be applied for within one month of travel. Other restrictions apply, as outlined in this update

For more information about successfully applying for your re-entry permit, see this update.