The coronavirus outbreak hit Japan at a crucial time, just months before the scheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics; and currently, Japan’s border is still closed to international tourists, with no sign of reopening yet.
While the rate of domestic infections is well below those seen in the U.S. and Europe, Japan’s vaccine rollout has been slower, and new waves of the virus have brought on renewed state of emergency measures.
On July 12, 2021, the fourth state of emergency went into effect in Tokyo, scheduled to last for the duration of the Olympics. See the "2021 Japan Covid-19 Updates" section below for additional info.
To contain the spread of the coronavirus, Japan’s borders are currently closed to all new foreign arrivals, except for foreign residents of Japan or those with special circumstances. While there is no word yet about when tourism will resume in Japan, it is unlikely to be before 2022.
For the latest info regarding Japan travel restrictions, including quarantine measures and a list of countries where foreign nationals are denied entry into Japan, see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs border enforcement measures.
See the full state of emergency policy here.
Here is the latest news from Japan, including coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, vaccine rollout, and Japan travel updates.