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.
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.
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.
As of March 29, Japan has seen 468,614 cases of COVID-19 and 9,061 people have lost their lives to the virus. Thegovernment 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
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.
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