Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

Last updated: March 24th, 2020

Please follow our latest updates on the developing coronavirus (Covid-19 disease) situation, characterized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a pandemic.

Learn about the impact in Japan, including travel restrictions, temporary closures and cancelled events.

Regarding your Japan travel plans for Spring/Summer 2020, we recommend checking your local authority's latest travel and health advisories.

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

Travel Updates

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

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

Temporarily Closed Places in Japan: A-Z Directory

21_21 Design Sight

21_21 Design Sight

Closure extended until April 12th as a preventative measure to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19 disease).

Tokyo
Abeno Harukas

Abeno Harukas

Abeno Harukas is temporarily closed as part of nationwide anti-coronavirus measures.

Osaka
Edo Tokyo Museum

Edo Tokyo Museum

Closed until March 31st as part of nationwide anti-coronavirus measures.

Tokyo
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is closed temporarily until March 31st as part of a nationwide drive to help curb the spread of the novel..

Tokyo
Fuji-Q Highland

Fuji-Q Highland

4 (3Reviews)

Indoor attractions and shops are mostly closed as an anti-coronavirus measure — park access requires guests to follow guidelines and health checks...

Yamanashi
Ghibli Museum

Ghibli Museum

Closed until April 28th as an anti-coronavirus measure (Covid-19 disease).

Tokyo
Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

4.4 (5Reviews)

Closed until April 6th as part of nationwide anti-coronavirus measures.

Hyogo
Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle

Closed until March 29th as part of nationwide anti-coronavirus measures.

Hiroshima
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Cancelled events

Numerous events in Japan throughout March and April 2020 have been cancelled, postponed, or scaled back. This follows a formal government request in February to event organizers to help curb the spread of coronavirus.

You can view our full list of event cancellations in Japan for those we have published on our site. Cancellations have also hit the sumo tournament in Osaka (Mar 8-22) which was held behind closed doors, similar to baseball pre-season games. J-League football is currently postponed until April or later. 

Tokyo 2020: Postponement Confirmed

With the biggest and most anticipated event of the year also under heavy scrutiny, it was perhaps inevitable but not surprising to see the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games' postponement ultimately confirmed by the IOC on March 24th. It was also agreed the event will keep the name 'Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020'.

How to stay healthy in Japan

What precautions work best against coronavirus?

The World Health Organization's advice largely mirrors that for flu:

  • Wash your hands regularly – this could be soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizers (at least 60% alcohol)
  • Maintain social distancing – avoid those who are coughing or sneezing (at least 1 m). Some countries are implementing lockdowns and recommending keeping 2 m from strangers)
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth – potential points of entry for coronavirus particles
  • Practice respiratory hygiene – covering your mouth when you cough, and disposing of tissues promptly followed by washing hands.

Should I wear a mask?

There has been a lot of media coverage surrounding the use of masks, ranging from their effectiveness, differing attitudes in the West and the stigma of wearing them, and even instances of panic buying and price gouging.

If you are travelling in Japan and can find them, we recommend wearing a face mask as a general precaution. Whilst the common surgical mask is not thought to be effective against blocking microscopic coronavirus particles (aerosols), they can help with both respiratory hygiene (protecting others) and keeping you from needlessly touching your face (protecting yourself until you can wash your hands).

Do I need travel insurance?

Whether you are already in Japan, preparing for a trip, or are planning ahead, we recommend taking out comprehensive travel insurance. This is both to insure against the prospect of unforeseen medical expenses if the need arise, but also against changing travel plans as the situation develops.

Note that it is essential to check your home country travel advice if you plan to travel to Japan. This is to ensure there is no impact on your insurance coverage.

What should I do if concerned by coronavirus in Japan?

Contact JNTO's Visitor Hotline. Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) operate a 24/7 visitor hotline service, available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. It can be called for assistance in case of accidents or emergencies relating to the coronavirus:

  • From Japan 050-3816-2787
  • From Overseas +81-50-3816-2787

What should I do if I feel sick?

Japan's official guidance has been to encourage people to self-isolate if they suspect they have related symptoms: 

  • 37.5°C (99.5°F) or higher fever lasting for 4 or more days,
  • Cold symptoms
  • Severe lethargy
  • Breathing difficulties.

Japan is rapidly expanding its daily testing capabilities so it should be becoming easier to access relevant medical treatment where needed.

This step-by-step consultation flow released by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is an easy-to-follow guide on what to do if you think you may be affected by coronavirus-related symptoms. You can also consult:

What is the current situation in Japan?

Updated: March 23rd (Source: NHK)
Origin Confirmed Severe Died Recovered

Domestic

Includes evacuees from the Chinese province of Hubei.

1102 +47 47 41 +4 215

Diamond Princess

712 12 8 551

Compare Japan's situation with countries around the world via WHO's daily sitreps.

Is it safe to travel to Japan?

Official Japan travel advisories

Please consult these official advisories from countries overseas to gauge the current advice on travelling to Japan, or indeed overseas.

Updated: March 20th
Country Status ( Global advisory )
USA Do not travel
UK Avoid all but essential travel
Singapore Defer all travel abroad
Canada Avoid non-essential travel
Australia Do not travel overseas at this time
NZ Do not travel overseas at this time

Note: as the coronavirus has spread across the world, many countries are launching their own containment measures (including temporarily closing borders in some cases), thus advising their citizens to defer their immediate travel plans. Please always check your local authority's latest guidance before planning or attempting to travel.

WHO (World Health Organization)

Coronavirus information

JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization)

Official coronavirus updates
@JapanSafeTravel

Tokyo Metropolitan Govt

If you feel concerned by Covid-19 (step-by-step consultation)

MHLW (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

Official updates

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