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Japan is not open to tourism, only for essential-travel and residents

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

All visitors must submit proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 92 before arrival and undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine at home.

Bad news for sports fans. Japan WILL NOT allow overseas spectators for the Olympic Games this year. 

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People walking in Osaka, Japan

March 29 – New restrictions and new vaccination passport

Japan has decided to tighten even more its COVID-19 related restrictions. The health officials found some of the new highly contagious variants of coronavirus in more than 20 prefectures (50% of the country). This made the transportation Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba to impose additional entry border controls. As of today, only 2,000 foreign nationals are allowed to enter the country per day. 

Additionally, according to a Reuters’s report, the country will be issuing a digital vaccination certificate that will pair up with people’s mobile phones. The holders are supposed to use it to board a plane or check in to a hotel.

March 11 

Japan has had to make a tough decision not only for the world but also for its own economy. The government has officially decided not to extend their invitations to this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Games to foreign visitors.

Officials say the country is obligated to protect the Japanese population from a bigger spread of the coronavirus and its new variants.

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

February 12 

The Japanese government is set to approve Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine before Sunday, Feb. 14. 

Almost 400,000 doses have already arrived at Narita International Airport. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, expects that the vaccination rollout will begin next week.

How safe is Japan at the moment?

General Tourism Update - Japan

The CDC has recently placed Japan at Level 4 of risk (Very High Level of COVID-19). This is probably due to a recent rise in infection numbers, especially in Sapporo, Osaka, Tokyo and Nagoya

September 8 – New business corridor with Singapore opened

Japan reopened the travel/business corridor also with Singapore starting on September 18. (source)

Summary of the countries that can travel to Japan at the moment:

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COVID-19 situation in Japan

COVID-19 cases in Japan

As of March 29, Japan has seen 468,614 cases of COVID-19 and 9,061 people have lost their lives to the virus. The government is imposing different local measures in order to stop the spread of infections.

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

What to do in Japan during pandemic

Japan reopening borders

Domestic travel has been largely unimpeded in the country ensuring that Japanese citizens continue visiting their own tourism sites.

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

This includes a wide array of Japan’s most popular sites, including the Tokyo Tower, Imperial East Gardens, Tokyo Disneyland, 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)
  • Tokyo Government Building observation decks (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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