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Status From Japan

Status from Japan

Current Status (April 6)


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.

Only Japanese citizens and foreign nationals with long-term residence status will be allowed to enter Japan. People with “exceptional circumstances” and athletes and coaches who will be competing in the Olympics are allowed to enter Japan. For those Japanese citizens and foreign residents that  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. People entering Japan with “exceptional circumstances” and Olympic athletes and coaches will have to quarantine for 14 days at a quarantine hotel.

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 and quarantine at home for 14 days.


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.

The Japanese government decided not to resume the popular “GoTo” travel campaign until June at the earliest. This campaign was started to help the domestic travel industry.

Due to a large increase in the number of cases, three prefectures have announced tighter restrictions. The three prefectures are Osaka, Hyogo (Kobe city) and Miyagi (Sendai city). There have been a very large number of cases in Osaka, and there have been more new cases in Osaka for the last few days than in Tokyo. As is the case in the rest of the world, these increases have been among young people.  The governor of Osaka has suggested the Olympic torch relay should not be held in Osaka as planned.

Japanese schools did close for about 2 months last year, but the schools have remained open with in-person learning for almost a year now.


The torch relay started on March 25. About 10,000 torchbearers will run through 859 municipalities across all 47 prefectures, with parts of the 121-day journey encompassing famous locations such as the Great Buddha in Nara, the Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome and Mount Fuji. The relay will end on July 23 at the new Olympic Stadium in Tokyo at the opening ceremony.

The Tokyo Olympic Committee pledged to hold 18 test events — which function as dress rehearsals for each sport — in a “safe and secure” manner, to see what they can “learn as we work towards the games.” However, one of the events (fencing) had to be cancelled because many of the qualifying events around the world had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

As of April 6