Japan remains closed to tourism and experiencing another increase in cases

Japan is not open to tourism, only essential travel is allowed with strict restrictions and entry requirements.

All visitors must provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test done within 92 prior to arrival and undergo a Mandatory 14-day quarantine at home.

Bad news for sports fans. Japan will NOT allow foreign spectators at this year’s Olympic Games.

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April 10 – New restrictions in Tokyo, Kyoto and Okinawa from April 12

Due to a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in these three large cities, Japan decided to again impose the same severe restrictions that the country experienced under the last state of emergency that ended three weeks ago.

The new measures will be applied from April 12 to May 11 in Tokyo and from April 12 to May 5 in Kyoto and Okinawa, said Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

As of Monday, the Japanese will not be able to visit bars and restaurants after 8 pm and large events will be limited to 5,000 people, among other restrictions.

March 29 – New restrictions and new vaccination passport

Japan has decided to further tighten restrictions related to COVID-19. Health officials have found some of the new highly contagious variants of the coronavirus in more than 20 municipalities (50% of the country). This caused the transport minister, Kazuyoshi Akaba, to impose additional border entry controls. As of today, only 2,000 foreigners are allowed to enter the country each day.

In addition, according to a Reuters report, the country will issue a digital vaccination certificate that will be paired with people’s cell phones. Holders must use it to board a plane or check into a hotel.

March 11

Japan had to make a difficult decision not only for the world, but also for its own economy. The government has officially decided not to extend its invitations to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer to foreign visitors.

Officials say the country is obliged to protect the Japanese population from further spread of the coronavirus and its new variants.

The Olympic Committee and two other organizations will announce this decision to the international community possibly next week.

February 12th

The Japanese government must approve Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine before Sunday, February 14.

Almost 400,000 doses have already arrived at Narita International Airport. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga hopes that the vaccination implementation will start next week.

How safe is Japan at the moment?

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The CDC recently placed Japan at Level 4 risk (Very high level of COVID-19). This is probably due to a recent increase in the number of infections, especially in Sapporo, Osaka, Tokyo and Nagoya

Who can enter Japan

To contain the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Japan has suspended all travel bubbles with all countries and regions. This restriction also includes travel for commercial purposes.

Procedures for travel in Japan

Situation of COVID-19 in Japan

From April 10, Japan saw more than 500,000 cases of COVID-19 and 9,325 people lost their lives with the virus. The government is imposing several local measures to contain the spread of infections.

The pandemic has hit Japan in at least a particularly devastating way. It forced the postponement of the 2020 Olympics to 2021 and without spectators.

What to do in Japan during the pandemic

Japan reopening borders

Domestic travel has been largely unimpeded in the country, ensuring that Japanese citizens continue to visit their own tourist sites.

This means that many attractions have started to reopen for tours.

This includes a wide variety of Japan’s most popular sites, including the Tokyo Tower, the Imperial Gardens of the East, Tokyo Disneyland, the Tokyo National Museum, and more.

Below is a list of the most popular tourist attractions open in Tokyo and their current state of business.

  • Tokyo Tower (reopened)
  • Observation platforms of the Tokyo Government Building (reopened)
  • Toyosu Market (reopened)
  • Kyu Shiba Rikyu (reopened)
  • Tokyo Disneyland (reopened)
  • Tokyo DisneySea (reopened)
  • Guided tours of the Imperial Palace (reopened)
  • Imperial East Gardens (reopened)
  • Hama Rikyu (reopened)
  • Rikugien (reopened)
  • Edo Open Air Museum (reopened)
  • Shinjuku Gyoen (reopened)
  • Koishikawa Korakuen (reopened)
  • Koishikawa Botanical Garden (reopened)
  • Kiyosumi Garden (reopened)
  • Institute for Nature Study (reopened)
  • Sumida Hokusai Museum (reopened)
  • Tokyo National Museum (reopened)
  • Tokyo Skytree (reopened)
  • Sumida Aquarium (reopened)
  • Edo-Tokyo Museum (reopened)

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