Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

Last updated: November 2nd, 2020

Follow our latest updates on the coronavirus (Covid-19 disease) situation in Japan:

In summary

  • Coronavirus in Japan: Find out about travel restrictions, entry bans, temporary closurescancelled events and postponements like the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
  • Japan's New Normal: Japan now embraces a 'new normal' with social distancing and rigorous hygiene measures now commonplace, as it attempts to stave off a second wave.
  • Planning an upcoming trip? We recommend checking your local authority's latest travel and health advisories, as well as the current flight status of your airline.
  • After-Covid: Find a variety of related articles about post-Covid travel in Japan.

Table of contents

  1. Travel updates
  2. Temporary closures
  3. Cancelled events
  4. Coronavirus: guidance, tips, what to do
  5. Travel advisories
  6. Official resources
     

While every effort has been made to keep the info listed here complete and accurate, we advise to always check the official website for any place to get the most up-to-date info

Travel Updates

PCR Test Center Opens at Narita Airport

On-the-spot testing facility opens at Narita Airport to provide travellers proof of negative coronavirus tests before embarking to travel overseas.  Read More

Border Restrictions Relaxed for Non-Tourist Visas

From October, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announces a wider scope for visa applications for those visiting Japan to work, study, visit relatives and more.  Read More

Re-Entry Restrictions for Foreign Residents To Be Lifted from Sept 1st

Foreign residents stuck overseas will finally be permitted to re-enter Japan under new polymerase chain reaction (PCR) infection test rules.  Read More

Re-Entry Permitted to Foreign Nationals Stuck Overseas

Policy change will allow Japan's foreign residents who may be stuck overseas, like Permanent Residence holder or spouses of Japanese nationals, to re-enter if they left Japan before travel restrictions were originally imposed in April.  Read More

Alert Raised for 17 New Countries/Regions

Travel advisory raised for Palestine and 16 countries, including Nepal, Kenya and Venezuela, over concerns with the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Read More

18 Countries Added to Entry Ban List

Japan expands its entry ban to visitors from 18 nations, including Cuba, as a continued step to help curtail the spread of coronavirus.  Read More

Japan's Contract Tracing App Launched

Free Microsoft-developed app is launched for Android and iOS. 'COCOA: COVID-19 Contact App' aims to alert users if they been in close proximity to someone infected with coronavirus.  Read More

Tokyo Lifts Coronavirus Alert

An alert warning about possible increases in coronavirus infections in Tokyo was lifted, in another step towards a full resumption of economic activity.  Read More

Travel alert raised for 18 new countries

The countries, mostly in Africa and Central America, may be added to a list totalling 111 countries and territories that would mean denied entry to Japan if visited within two weeks of arrival.  Read More

Re-Entry Rules Relaxed for Foreign Residents

Move reverses a re-entry ban and policy that favoured Japanese nationals repatriating but banned foreign residents from returning to their home in Japan for any reason, even humanitarian.  Read More

Back to Business for Japan's Bars & Restaurants

Drinking and dining establishments are back open and ready for business, operating in the 'new normal' era of additional safeguards for keeping customers safe.  Read More

Surprise Fireworks to Lift Moods

The displays, at secret locations across Japan, were designed to lift spirits amid the pandemic and help mark the warmer weather arriving across Japan.  Read More

Japan expected to lift emergency procedures on Monday

Lifting is expected to be announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday 25th May, following a continuous fall in infection rates. Such a move would apply to Tokyo and it surrounding prefectures (Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa) as well as Hokkaido.  Read More

State of emergency lifted in Osaka and surrouding area

The state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus is lifted in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo. Now 42 out of 47 prefectures have seen their emergency measures ended.  Read More

State of emergency lifted in most of Japan

The state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus is lifted in 39 out of 47 prefectures, after a sharp fall in new infections.  Read More

Govt Considers Lifting Emergency in Less-Affected Prefectures

In consultation with a panel of experts, the government considers partially lifting restrictions in 34 prefectures.  Read More

Abe Extends State of Emergency to May 31st

Abe makes announcement to extend nationwide State of Emergency to help reduce rate of new coronavirus infections.  Read More

Japanese Govt Plans Contact-Tracing App for May

Smartphone app planned for early May will help warn users if they have been in contact with a diagnosed Covid-19 patient.  Read More

Nationwide State of Emergency Declared

Abe expands state of emergency to cover entire nation on Thursday to help prevent further spread of the coronavirus.  Read More

Abe Announces State of Emergency

Government poised to declare state of emergency from Tuesday, covering Tokyo, Kanagawa, Osaka, Chiba, Saitama, Hyogo and Fukuoka.  Read More

Entry Ban Widened to Include US

Government announces plan to expand list of countries affected as coronavirus pandemic expands.  Read More

Tokyo Governor Issues Stay at Home Request

To counter an increase in confirmed infections, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government asks residents to work from home and refrain from going out in evenings and weekends.  Read More

Tokyo 2020: Officially Postponed until 2021

IOC announces decision to postpone the Olympic Games to no later than the summer of 2021, to safeguard the health of athletes, those involved in delivering the Games and the international community.  Read More

Visa exemption measures suspended for Schengen countries, rest of EU

Effective 21st March, 00:00 JST: Holders of a passport issued by affected countries (see MOFA site), intending to enter Japan without obtaining a visa, will not be permitted to land.  Read More

Japan asks Europe visitors to self-quarantine for 14 days,extends entry ban

Effective 21st March, 00:00 JST: Government plans to impose new restrictions on visitors from about 30 European countries, including Britain, France and Germany. Entry bans extend to cover Iceland and parts of Spain, Italy and Switzerland.  Read More

Japan mulls entry ban for Italy visitors

Government sources suggest a plan to impose new restrictions on visitors from parts of northern Italy in response to the coronavirus situation there. Read More

Japan to Quarantine all China and S. Korea Visitors

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces new safeguard to quarantine all visitors for 2 weeks from coronavirus-hit China and South Korea, as well as parts of Iran. Read More

JAL, ANA offer free cancellations

Two of Japan's major airlines, JAL and ANA, are offering free refunds for all tickets through March 19th that have been canceled as a result of fears about the coronavirus. Read More

Travel Advisory: Visitors from Korea Regions Restricted Access

Visitors with a travel history to Korea's Daegu City or Cheongdo County within 14 days are being restricted access to Japan (Effective Feb 27th 2020). Read More

Travel Advisory: Visitors from China Regions Restricted Access

Visitors from Wuhan (Hubei)and Zhejiang Provinces are being restricted access to Japan and may not be allowed to land in Japan (Effective Feb 13th 2020). Read More

Temporarily Closed Places in Japan: A-Z Directory

Naeba Ski Resort

Naeba Ski Resort

The Naeba ski slope's business operations will resume on December 19, 2020 down to March 28, 2021.

Niigata
Musée Mazda

Musée Mazda

Although it was planned to reopen the Mazda Museum in October 2020 at the earliest, the reopening date has been further postponed in order to prevent..

Hiroshima
Robot Restaurant

Robot Restaurant

5 (1 Avis)

Temporarily closed until further notice due to coronavirus measures

Tokyo
Toei Animation Museum

Toei Animation Museum

Closed temporarily until further notice, as part of nationwide anti-coronavirus measures.

Tokyo