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Status From Japan

Status from Japan


Current Status (March 2)

ENTRY RESTRICTIONS

There have been no changes in the entry restrictions since the last report. If you are aware of the current entry restrictions, you can skip to the COVID-19 and Olympics section.

At this time, tourists from any country are not allowed to enter Japan. There has been no indication from the Japanese government when that may change.

Business people from the following 11 countries are still allowed to enter Japan: Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Macau, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. However, they must show proof of a negative test within 72 hours of departure and test negative upon arriving in Japan. And they will have to quarantine for 14 days after arrival in Japan. Anyone visiting the UK or South Africa within the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter Japan.

Japanese citizens and foreign nationals with long-term residence status will be allowed to enter Japan. If they have visited the UK or South Africa within the last 14 days, they will be required to prove a negative test withing 72 hours of departure to Japan, test negative upon arrival, quarantine for 3 days at a designated location and then quarantine at home for 11 days.

For those Japanese citizens and foreign nationals with long-term residence status who have not visited the UK and South Africa, they will have to show proof of a negative test within 72 hours of departure for Japan, test negative upon arrival in Japan and are not allowed to use public transportation for 14 days.

COVID-19

The state of emergency was lifted from 6 prefectures (Aichi, Gifu, Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto and Fukuoka). This leaves only the 4 prefectures of the Kanto region (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba) left under the state of emergency.

Vaccinations have begun in Japan. Medical personnel are the first group to receive the vaccinations, and 65 and over will be the next group to receive the vaccine. Initially, it was scheduled that the second group’s vaccinations would begin on April 1. However, due to problems with the roll-out of the vaccines, the second group may not begin until mid-April or even May.

There have been rumors that the popular GoTo Travel campaign will be started again in March. This program offered tourists government-subsidized discounts at hotels, restaurants and destinations.

OLYMPICS

The IOC and the Tokyo Olympic Committee are scheduled to meet on March 3 to begin discussing the details for the summer Olympics. The two main subjects will be whether to continue with plans to hold the summer games. And whether to allow spectators. The Tokyo Olympic Committee has a new chairperson after the old chairman was forced to resign because of some controversial comments. The new chairperson has made it very clear that the committee wants to hold the games with spectators.

As of March 2