Travel Alerts and Disaster Updates

Latest news on events affecting travel in Japan

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Coronavirus Outbreak

Japan finally reopened its borders to independent foreign travelers and reintroduced visa-free entry from October 11, 2022.

Current state of tourism: fully open to international tourism

Read about coronavirus manners in Japan.

Entering Japan

Travelers are now able to enter Japan almost like before the pandemic again, especially triple-vaccinated travelers.

The only requirement remaining is a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to departure, except for those who can certify that they have received at least three shots of WHO-approved vaccines. Children below the age of 18 who travel together with triple-vaccinated parents/guardians are also exempt from the test. Note that Japan recognizes only certain testing and sample collection methods and that there are certain requirements regarding the vaccination certificate.

Quarantine, on-arrival testing and ERFS certificate requirements were abolished on October 11 alongside the system of grouping countries into blue, yellow and red groups.

When entering Japan, it is highly recommended to use Visit Japan Web to pre-register all required data and documents before your journey to allow for a fast-track entry into the country. Visit Japan Web handles not only corona-related information, but also the embarkation form needed by immigration and the customs declaration form.

Domestic situation

There are no restrictions on the activities of businesses and individuals, but the public is asked to take the usual precautions against the virus. The wearing of masks, in particular, remains very common. Approximately 80% of Japan's total population are vaccinated at least twice; however, vaccination certificates have never been used widely. Read more on coronavirus manners in Japan.

Closures and cancellations

Most tourist attractions in Japan were closed during the first infection wave in spring 2020, and some closed again during subsequent waves; however, almost all of them are now open again. Some events and festivals continue to be cancelled, although the number of cancellations has started to drop considerably in 2022.

2016 Kyushu Earthquake

Strong earthquakes hit Kyushu in April 2016. A few sightseeing spots are still affected. More details

Volcano Closures

No-entry zones are currently maintained at the following prominent volcanoes:

  • Sakurajima (Level 3 - do not approach the volcano)
    Do not climb the mountain. Does not affect transportation and tourism.
  • Shinmoedake (Kirishima) (Level 1 - potential for increased activity)
    Closure of hiking trails.
  • Kusatsu-Shirane (Level 1 - potential for increased activity)
    Closure of hiking trails.