Government imposes entry ban for foreign nationals traveling from China’s Hubei Province and PRC nationals issued with passports in Hubei Province
7 Feb 20
IMPACT – HIGH
What is the change? The Japanese government has banned PRC passport holders whose passport was issued by Hubei Province from entering Japan. In addition, any foreign nationals traveling from Hubei Province have been banned from entering Japan.
- Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
- Visas/permits affected: All types of visas.
- Who is affected: Chinese and foreign nationals in or recently in Hubei Province planning travel to Japan, and their employers.
- Business impact: Companies employing foreign workers coming from China may experience delays and disruptions related to employee mobility and availability.
- Next steps: Employers should be aware of the entry ban when moving employees to Japan.
Analysis & Comments: The government’s ban on all travel from Hubei Province indicates that it is taking serious steps to contain the spread of the virus. Officials have declared the virus a “designated infectious disease,” which, in addition to the entrance ban, allows authorities to mandate medical treatment for those infected. Employers and foreign employees traveling from Hubei Province should expect significant delays. The response to the coronavirus continues to evolve, and Deloitte will alert clients to additional changes or restrictions as information becomes available.
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