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Japan

Present Situation


Total cases: 20.8 millions

Active cases: 737 537

Recovered: 20.1 millions

Deaths: 44 071

Vaccination count: 104.2 millions

Current trend: Declining

Data updated on 2022-09-23

Cumulative coronavirus cases

Summary of the situation

Are the borders open to travellers? Partially Allowed
Is a test required to enter the country?
Covid-19 test required for some countries.
Are quarantine measures imposed? Sous conditions
Is the country in lockdown? Partiellement
Is wearing a mask mandatory?
Masks are required in some areas/counties

Provisions for travellers


Entry to the territory: Partially Allowed
From June 10, Japan reopened its borders to travelers on guided tours (https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2275.html) but remains closed to individual travelers. It remains unknown when individual travelers will be able to enter the country again.

In order to visit Japan as a tourist, the following three conditions currently apply:

1. Travelers must visit Japan on a guided tour with predetermined itinerary that is organized by a Japan-based travel agency or operator. The travel agency or operator will handle application procedures and be held responsible for the tour participants.

2. Travelers must have spent the 14 days before arrival in Japan in a country on the "blue list", i.e. a country where the risk of catching the coronavirus is considered low. There are currently 98 countries on the "blue list", including most countries in North America, East Asia, Europe and Oceania. Prominent countries not on the list include India, Vietnam, Portugal and Turkey. See the complete list below (https://www.japan-guide.com/news/alerts.html#blue)

3. During their stay, travelers must adhere to basic infection prevention measures (https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2234.html), such as wearing masks and disinfecting hands, and they need to be enrolled in a travel insurance plan that covers medical expenses related to the coronavirus.

A negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure is required to enter Japan; however, there will be no test and no quarantine upon arrival in Japan for foreign tourists regardless of vaccination status.

Note furthermore that because the visa-waiver system is currently suspended, all travelers need to apply for a visa in order to enter Japan.

In order to visit Japan as a tourist, the following three conditions currently apply:

1. Travelers must visit Japan on a guided tour with predetermined itinerary that is organized by a Japan-based travel agency or operator. The travel agency or operator will handle application procedures and be held responsible for the tour participants.

2. Travelers must have spent the 14 days before arrival in Japan in a country on the "blue list", i.e. a country where the risk of catching the coronavirus is considered low. There are currently 98 countries on the "blue list", including most countries in North America, East Asia, Europe and Oceania. Prominent countries not on the list include India, Vietnam, Portugal and Turkey. See the complete list below (https://www.japan-guide.com/news/alerts.html#blue)

3. During their stay, travelers must adhere to basic infection prevention measures (https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2234.html), such as wearing masks and disinfecting hands, and they need to be enrolled in a travel insurance plan that covers medical expenses related to the coronavirus.

A negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure is required to enter Japan; however, there will be no test and no quarantine upon arrival in Japan for foreign tourists regardless of vaccination status.

Note furthermore that because the visa-waiver system is currently suspended, all travelers need to apply for a visa in order to enter Japan.

Tests: Covid-19 test required for some countries.

Quarantine: Depends
Self-isolation required for some countries.

Information updated on 2022-09-21.

Action taken in the country


Lockdown: Partial
Japan Fully Lifts COVID-19 Pre-Emergency Measures.

Mask use
Masks are required in some areas/counties

Gatherings: Partially Allowed
Events are allowed under restrictions.

Restaurants and bars: Open with restrictions

Shops: Open

Tourist attractions: Open









     

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