Question about Corona Virus

Updated 30th March, 09:30

At the present time, travel to Japan from the UK will be significantly affected by Coronavirus measures.

On the 17th March, the UK government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued an advisory against non-essential travel abroad initially for 30 days. In addition, the UK government has strongly advised all travellers abroad to return to the UK.

From the 21st March (0001 Japan Standard Time), all passengers arriving in Japan from the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Japan will suspend its visa waiver system for anyone travelling on a British Passport until at least the end of April.

If your trip is scheduled between now and the end of May, please contact us by email (travel2japan@jtb-europe.com) and we will be sure to get to back to you as soon as possible to discuss your options.

If your flight is not booked through us, please contact your airline provider directly to ensure your flight to Japan is in operation. In addition, please check the government’s advice and contact your travel insurance provider.

We will continue to update this page regularly with information from the government.

Travel within Japan

Travel within Japan may be affected by measures to handle the Coronavirus. Enhanced quarantine and health check procedures are being carried out at entry points to Japan such as airports and ports. You may be asked to undergo additional screening by authorities when you arrive.

On the 25 March, the Governor of Tokyo requested that people of Tokyo stay indoors and refrain from going outside for non-essential reasons over the weekend of 28 and 29 March.

Some major attractions are temporarily closed until the end of March to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. If you are travelling to Japan in March or April, we recommend that you check to ensure that the attractions you wish to visit are open. A list of currently closed attractions can be found here. Please check the websites of attractions you wish to see to check that they will be open during your stay in Japan.

Within Japan, sanitary standards are high, but people are exercising even more caution than normal. The wearing of surgical-style face-masks is an established habit in the country when people have colds and wish to avoid others catching it. Although such masks are not particularly effective and are not recommended by medical authorities, they are widely worn in Japan currently, and many shops have sold out.

Our recommendations:

When travelling in Japan, apply the same sanitary precautions and care that is being advised currently in the UK:

  •  Take hand sanitiser gel in your luggage, and wash hands frequently (as you would do at home if there is a risk of influenza etc.)
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available
  • Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

The Japanese government is also advising against large gatherings. In addition, for people who have mild cold-like symptoms, the government is advising them to stay at home or avoid visiting hospitals.

Current Information about Coronavirus:

We are monitoring government and media sources for information about Coronavirus (see links below).

There is a “Travel Advisory” statement from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advising against non-essential travel, but not to Japan specifically.
From the 21st March (0001 Japan Standard Time), all passengers arriving in Japan from the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Japan will suspend its visa waiver system for anyone travelling on a British Passport until the end of April.

Travellers who have been to the following countries or areas within 14 days of arrival in Japan are currently not permitted to enter Japan except under special circumstances:

  • China: Hubei or Zhejiang provinces
  • Republic of Korea: Daegu City, Cheongdo County in North Gyeongsang, Gyeongsan, Andong, Yeoncheon City, Chilgok, Uiseong, Seongju, Gunwei County in North Gyeongsang Province
  • Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican.
  • Middle East: Iran

Other countries are experiencing enhanced screening and quarantine measures. Travellers from these countries/regions will be asked to first stay at designated facilities for 14 days. This will be implemented until the end of April:

  • Asia: Brunei, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
  • North America: United States of America
  • Europe: Member states of Schengen Agreements, Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino, United Kingdom, Vatican
  • Middle East:  Bahrain, Iran,  Israel, Qatar
  • Africa: Egypt,  the Democratic Republic of the Congo

(Member states of Schengen Agreements: Iceland, Italy, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Hungary, Finland, France, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg)

Visa exemptions will be suspended for foreign nationals from the following countries:

  • Asia: Brunei, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
  • North America: United States of America
  • Europe: Member states of Schengen Agreements, Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino, United Kingdom, Vatican
  • Middle East:  Bahrain, Iran,  Israel, Qatar
  • Africa: Egypt,  the Democratic Republic of the Congo

(Member states of Schengen Agreements: Iceland, Italy, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Hungary, Finland, France, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg)

Passenger flights from China and the Republic of Korea will be limited to landing at Narita and Kansai international airports, and passenger ferry services will be asked to stop operating.
Ship transportation from China and the Republic of Korea for passengers will be suspended.

Useful links:

The World Health Organization: advice
The World Health Organization: current situation worldwide
The recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (USA)
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Japan Information
Japan National Tourism Organisation

If you have any questions concerning Coronavirus and the travel arrangements you have booked with us, please contact us.