Latest Coronavirus News From Japan
Last updated 09 May 2023, 00:00 BST
On May 8, 2023, the Japanese government lifted the level 3 travel advisory aimed at Japanese nationals, which had warned to avoid travelling to as many as 159 nations and territories since 2020 (Kyodo News). This was in line with the World Health Organisation's announcement that the Covid-19 health emergency phase is over (BBC news).
After stating it would cease Covid-related entry requirements to the country from May 8, 2023 (Kyodo News), the Japanese government brought this date forward and officially removed entry restrictions on April 29, 2023 (Kyodo News). This measure was in line with Covid-19 being classified as a common disease. Travellers no longer need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test regardless of vaccination status. For more details on current travel status to Japan, you can check our Japan latest entry requirements page.
As a recap, in October 2022 the requirement to get a visa was dropped for passport holders of countries including the UK, most of Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Later, there were some minor restrictions introduced in response to the latest Covid-19 outbreak in China in December 2022, though these only related to flights coming from this country.
it's worth noting since September 2022 there was no longer a pre-departure PCR test requirement for triple vaccinated travellers (NHK News).
Vaccinations are full steam ahead with over 82% of Japan's population fully vaccinated. Booster shots are rolling out at an ever-increasing rate, with the government announcing on July 23rd that fourth vaccine shots are now available to medical staff and care home workers, besides the elderly and vulnerable (Japan Today).