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Home to your beloved animes, majestic temples, and luxuriant national parks, Japan is the perfect amalgamation of rich heritage and high-tech modern advancement. Be it exploring the bustling capital city Tokyo, finding your way through the unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines of Hokkaido, or trekking near the less-explored Chugoku, the island country is a true treasure trove of timeless Asian experiences. Witness magnificent zen temples and shrines, pristine hot springs, subtropical mangrove jungles, breathtaking glowing beaches, and much more as you walk through the history and future of Japan, the land of the rising sun.

Is it safe travelling to Japan after COVID-19?

The COVID-19 situation in Japan is constantly evolving and the jury is still out on when the country will open its international borders to non-essential travelers, especially tourists. As the number of new cases has begun to stabilize, the country has etched out a plan of recovery that will allow non-essential travelers to enter the country only by September.

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Japan Travel Restrictions Post COVID-19

Japan has been successful curbing the rate of infection so far. Restrictions were lifted in 39 of the 47 prefectures on May 31. By June 19 the country lifted all domestic restrictions and aim to open borders by September.

Japan is one of the very few countries that is re-opening at a very fast pace with an aim to open ‘basis economic activities’. As of now, the country has reopened its beaches, restaurants and bars and continue to ease all restrictions by the end of June.

What are the quarantine rules and restrictions for international travelers coming to Japan?

There are no quarantine rules for visitors arriving in Japan from other countries. However if anyone is suspected of carrying COVID-19 will have to undergo a health assessment, and will be taken to a medical center if an infectious disease is confirmed.

Updates on Travel Restriction in Japan

Current Measures
  • Domestic travel Domestic travel has opened within the country starting June 19.

  • International Travel Currently the country is still planning to open some routes by September, the list is yet to be released. At the moment only residents of Japan who have not been to entry restricted areas in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter. You can see the full list of restricted areas HERE.

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Entry and Exit

Currently, foreign nationals from a vast majority of Asian, European, and American countries are denied permission, unless there are exceptional circumstances. All visitors will have to undergo mandatory PCR tests and a 14-day quarantine.

Local Transport
  • Domestic flights have resumed at limited capacity.
  • International flights are still limited to essential travellers, government officials and repatriated citizens.
  • Airlines are running at limited frequency and capacity. Strict measures have been employed at the airports as well as on board the flights to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew.
  • Quarantine rules still apply to all incoming international passengers.

Where to go in Japan

Japan is a truly fascinating fusion of the east and the west and offers some truly unparalleled experiences. Take a glimpse of the white winters or explore the stunning summers of Hokkaido, explore vast fruit orchards and fearsome festivals at Tohoku, relax in crystal clear hot springs, or behold the subtropical sun and distinct corals at Okinawa; your options are limitless.

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  • Hokkaido
  • Urayasu
  • Yamanashi
  • Osaka
  • Mine
  • Tokyo
  • Sapporo
  • Shizuoka
  • Minato
  • Fujiyoshida
  • Nago
  • Nagoya
  • Kanagawa
  • Yokohama
  • Hiroshima
  • Minato City

Things to do in Japan

Japan and its cities are known for their incredible fusion of different cultures and traditions. Enjoy a relaxing walk through the lush green gardens in Kyoto, make a humbling visit to the resilient Hiroshima or swim with hammerhead sharks at island of Yonaguni to top-off your Japan experience.

New Rules and Reopening of Tourist Attractions in Japan

Succeeding in its battle against COVID, tourism in Japan is set to gradually return to normalcy, with consistent support from its government. Tour the streets of Tokyo and explore its world-class hotels, traditional restaurants, art galleries, trendy boutiques, and nightclubs.

Reopening Soon
Universal Studios Japan
Tokyo Skytree
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Tokyo Disneyland
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Away from the Crowd

Apart from its vast cities and quiet countrysides, Japan has quite a few less-explored natural marvels. Take a trip to the hidden Amanohashidate sandbar near Kyoto, soak in edo-era architecture at the Hozenji Yokocho Alley in Osaka or catch a ferry to the tropical island and white sand beaches of Chichijima.

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    Post COVID Travel Essentials for Japan

    You must be wondering about what measures and safety guidelines to follow before and during your trip. This section takes you through everything you need to know to plan a safe trip, including visa and passport essentials, travel insurance, what to pack, etc.

    Packing Essentials
    • N-95 masks N95 mask is a global-standard respirator mask that is made from polypropylene and can filter out at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. N95 masks are also capable of filtering out all types of pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. With mandatory use of masks across airports and all forms of social interactions, it's mandatory that you carry at least 2 masks with yourself.

    • Gloves Non-sterile patient examination gloves, which are routinely used in healthcare settings, are appropriate for keeping your hands from getting contaminated. Remember to carry a bunch due to their disposable nature.

    • Hand sanitizer Hand sanitizers sold in pharmacies typically have an alcohol concentration of around 60%. It has been observed that hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol concentration work effectively and can inactive the novel coronavirus. Though most attractions are reopening with sanitisation stations, it's only beneficial to carry your own in case you run into an emergency.

    • Portable charger We all understand the value of staying connected in these times. As travel in the post COVID world moves towards a more contact-free and digital experience, it’s important that you always carry a portable charger when you travel.

    • Digital thermometer & first-aid kit You can prevent unnecessary trips to the hospital if you carry a first-aid kit with yourself. Take a digital thermometer along as they’re durable and you can keep a regular check on your body temperature.

    • Extra clothes Carry an extra pair of clothes with you that you wear only at the airports or other places with heavy footfall while traveling. While catching the air-borne virus can be prevented by wearing masks and social distancing, carrying an extra pair of clothes just minimises the risk that much further.

    • Ziplock bags Use zip lock bags to isolate pieces of clothing or items that you will not be using again. This will prevent any possibility of cross-contamination.

    Health & Hygiene
    • Wash your hands frequently Wash your hands with soap regularly and thoroughly to remove pathogens. You can also use alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol to kill bacteria and viruses.

    • Maintain distance and avoid close contact (6 feet or 2 arms length) Maintain at least 6feet distance between yourself and others. When someone coughs or sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.

    • Always wear a mask in public Since COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and is air-borne, wear a mask, coupled with social distancing to prevent getting infected and/or spreading it to others.

    • Clean and disinfect surfaces Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.

    Travel/Health Insurance

    Travel insurance is now going to become even more important than it was. Whether it’s regarding flight cancellations or medical emergencies, insurance while traveling is going to play a major part in our travel planning and expenses. There are 5 major types of insurances available for you to consider:

    • Trip Cancellation These insurances cover you if you were to cancel your trip due to unforeseen events such as illness, injury, or death suffered by the insured or a member of the insured’s immediate family. Some policies however exclude trip cancellation in the event of war or civil disturbance.

    • Flight Delay/Cancellation Flight delay/cancellation insurance pays for new travel arrangements/flight tickets and in some cases, accommodations and meals. This depends on your provider so read your policy carefully.

    • Medical Insurance Medical insurance covers the cost of transportation in case of emergency medical evacuation, due to injury or sickness. Some medical insurances also cover COVID-19 infections should you get infected after the effective policy date.

    You may sometimes end up having to pay up front for your medical services, which will then be reimbursed by your insurance company. In other cases, the insurance company will provide “proof of direct payment” to the healthcare provider.

    • Baggage Loss Baggage loss insures you in case your luggage is lost, delayed, or stolen. It sometimes includes a cash payment if your bags are delayed for more than 12/24 hours after you arrive at your destination.

    • Travel Document Protection Travel document protection insurance covers you so that you can replace a lost passport or other travel documents.

    What to do in an Emergency

    Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:

    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • Troubled breathing
    • New confusion
    • Inability to wake or stay awake
    • Bluish lips or face

    If you think you have been exposed to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or have any of the symptoms mentioned above, seek medical attention immediately.

    Virtually Experience the Best Destinations in Japan

    Just because we’re staying home doesn’t mean we’ve lost our wanderlust. Join online experiences, from interactive cooking classes to livestream walking tours, no matter where you are in the world.

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    • Tokyo Skytree
    • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
    • Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
    • The Hakone Open-Air Museum
    • Tokyo National Museum

    Post COVID International Travel

    The word is reopening again. Pockets of movement and travel bubbles have begun to pop up. While the cautious may stick to their own shores and travel domestically, international travel looks to be slowly recovering. In our extensive report linked below, you can learn about each country’s international travel policies, their current status with regards to COVID-19 numbers and the travel regulations in place.

    The report also looks at 500+ major tourist attractions around the world and regularly updates their opening dates and rules of visiting in real-time. We also take a close look at how COVID-19 will impact the way we make our travel plans - picking destinations, choosing the right time to visit, packing essentials and more. Click on a link to read more.

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