Japan Coronavirus Situation: Pre-emergency measures have been set

Travel Restrictions

For tourism purposes, all foreign nationals are still not allowed to visit Japan for the time being except for special circumstances.

The Japanese government has set an emergency precaution to ban all incoming foreign travelers. This measure is to prevent the spread of the omicron variant, and it is effective at least until the end of February (The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan).

From January 15, the period of self-quarantine after entering the country has been shortened from up to 14 days to 10 days (the Japan Times).

In addition, as the emergency precaution against the omicron variant, travelers from specific countries and regions are required to stay at designated facilities on arrival for 3 days, 6 days, or 10 days.

Situation in Japan

The Japanese government has set pre-emergency measures for 16 prefectures until the end of February 20, and additional 18 prefectures including Osaka, Kyoto, and Hokkaido will be added (NHK World).

Pre-emergency measures in Tokyo, for example, include limited opening hours for restaurants until 8 or 9pm, and only four people at one table. If you test negative for the PCR test, you are allowed to sit with 5 or more people (the Japan Times).

Booster shot vaccination (3rd time) is supported by the government since last December until coming September. The Self-Defence Force is planning to re-open the vaccination center in Tokyo end of January and Osaka on February 7 (the Japan Times).

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