Coronavirus (COVID-19) advisory information


Last updated: August 12, 2020


There have been 48,928 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Japan as of August 11 announced by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan 


NHK WORLD-JAPAN has set up a page providing the information about COVID-19. Please also refer to the following page.



Measures by the Government of Japan


1. Areas subjected to entry ban

Foreign nationals categorized below are denied permission to enter Japan for the time being, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

(1) Foreign nationals who have stayed in any of the areas listed in the following table within 14 days prior to the application for landing.

Asia Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam
Oceania Australia, New Zealand
North America Canada, United States
Latin America and the Caribbean Antigua and Barbuda, Argentine, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Republic of Paraguay, Republic of Suriname, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Uruguay
Europe Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Uzbekistan, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican
Middle East Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
Africa Algeria, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Federal Republic of Somalia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Libya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Republic of Botswana, Republic of Congo, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Liberia, Republic of Madagascar, Republic of Namibia, Republic of Sierra Leone, Republic of South Africa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, The Republic of the Sudan, Union of Comoros

(2) Foreign nationals who have Chinese passports issued in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province of China


For details, please check the following page.



2. Strengthened quarantine

(1) All nationals arriving from the areas listed in paragraph 1 above within 14 days prior to their application for landing into Japan are subjected to undergo PCR tests for the time being.


(2) All nationals arriving from all regions are requested to wait 14 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief and to refrain from using public transportation.

The measure described in paragraph 2 (2) will be implemented until the end of August. The period can be renewed.

For details, please check the following page.



3. Restrictions on airport/ports for arrival

(1) The Government of Japan restricts arrival airports for passenger flights from China or Republic of Korea to Narita International Airport (NRT) and Kansai International Airport (KIX) only.


(2) The Government of Japan suspends passenger transportation departing from China or Republic of Korea.


The measures in paragraph 3 (1)(2) will be implemented until the end of August. The period can be renewed.

For details, please check the following page.



4. Suspension of visa validity

Validity of visas listed below is suspended.

(1) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by March 8th, 2020 by Japanese Embassies or Consulates General in China (including Hong Kong and Macau) and Republic of Korea


(2) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by March 20th, 2020 by Japanese Embassies and Consulates General in the following countries

Europe Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Vatican
Middle East Iran
Africa Egypt

(3) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by March 27th, 2020 by Japanese Embassies and Consulates General in the following countries

Asia Brunei, Indonesia (note), Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Note: including seal of “visa wavier registration certificate”
Middle East Bahrain, Israel, Qatar
Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo

(4) Single and multiple-entry visas issued by April 2nd, 2020, by Japanese Embassies and Consulates General located in or accredited to the following countries and regions

Asia Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste
Oceania Cook, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
Latin America and the Caribbean Antigua and Barbuda, Argentine, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela
Europe Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Middle East Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates (note), Yemen
Note: including seal of “visa wavier registration certificate”
Africa Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles , Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe,

The measure described in paragraph 4 (1) - (4) will be implemented until the end of August. The period can be renewed.


For details, please check the following page.



5. Suspension of visa exemption measures
As visa exemption measures with the countries listed below are now suspended.

(1) Visa exemption measures agreed with Japan and the following countries and regions

Asia Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Laos. Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Oceania Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon
Latin America and the Caribbean Argentine, Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay
Europe Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican
Middle East Israel, Iran, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates
Africa Lesotho, Tunisia

(2) The effect of Pre-Clearances (i.e. visa exemptions) granted by the Japanese Government to APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) issued by the following countries and regions is also suspended.


Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico,

Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam


The measure described in paragraph 5 (1)(2) will be implemented until the end of August. The period can be renewed.


For details, please check the following page.


6. State of emergency

The state of emergency was lifted for all of Japan on May 25th, 2020. 



Travel & Safety Tips

Temporary closure of attractions in Japan can be found in the table below.


Please do take precautionary measures, such as wearing a mask if you have a cough and washing your hands. Medical expenses may be high in the event that you become sick or get injured and need to go to the hospital whilst in Japan so please do not forget to take out the necessary travel insurance. For further information about hospitals and insurance, please visit the links below.


Twitter @JapanSafeTravel

JNTO official Twitter account @JapanSafeTravel  provides useful information on weather warnings/advisories and latest news of transportation services during your stay in Japan.

Weibo/微博 @Japan SafeTravel

Weibo/微博 @Japan Safe Travel  also provides travel advisories and latest updates in simplified Chinese.

JNTO will switch its weibo account from @Japan Safe Travel to @安心访日JapanSafeTravel  soon.
Please follow the new account.


Japan Visitor Hotline

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) operates a visitor hotline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call for tourist information or assistance in the case of accidents and emergencies including COVID-19. Support is available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

From Japan 050-3816-2787

From Overseas +81-50-3816-2787

Chatbot (in case of emergencies only) .


24/7 Multilingual Medical Info and Support

Japan Tourism Agency's "Guide for when you are feeling ill " provides medical institutions information, search function, and guideline. The website is available in English, Chinese, and Korean.



The following two companies offer insurance that foreign visitors can apply after arriving in Japan. Both insurances introduce medical facilities, interpret between you and the doctor, and have cashless medical services. You can apply for insurance on their websites. For details, please check the following pages.
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. 
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. 



NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is the only public broadcaster in Japan. NHK WORLD-JAPAN is NHK's international service, which delivers the latest information about Japan through TV, radio and the Internet.
NHK World News 


World Health Organization

You can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19.
World Health Organization 


Travel App

Download "Japan Official Travel App" for travel use.
Japan Official Travel App 


Temporary Closure of Attractions in Japan

In order to contain the spread of infections, some festivals and events have been canceled or postponed.

And theme parks such as Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, museums, and galleries have been temporarily closed. As this list only includes major ones, we also recommend you to visit relevant official websites. 


1. Facilities

Prefecture Facility Name Operation
Hokkaido Asahiyama Zoo  Resumed
Hokkaido Historical Village of Hokkaido  Resumed
Aomori Tachineputa no yakata (Japanese only) Resumed
Aomori Towada Art Center Resumed
Akita Namahage Museum, Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum Resumed
Yamagata Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium  Resumed
Fukushima Aquamarine Fukushima  Resumed
Ibaraki Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium  Resumed
Tochigi EDO WONDERLAND Nikko Edomura Resumed
Tochigi Fujishiroseiji Museum (Japanese only) Resumed
Tochigi Nasu Animal Kingdom  Resumed
Saitama The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum  Resumed
Saitama The Railway Museum  (Japanese only) Resumed
Chiba Funabashi H.C.Andersen Park (Japanese only) Resumed
Chiba Kamogawa Sea World  Resumed
Tokyo Bunkamura  Resumed
Tokyo Edo-Tokyo Museum  Resumed
Tokyo Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum  Resumed
Tokyo Edogawa Natural Zoo (Japanese only) Resumed
Tokyo Fukagawa Edo Museum (Japanese only) Resumed
Tokyo Ghibli Museum  TBA
Tokyo Idemitsu Museum of Art  TBA
Tokyo MEGA WEB  Resumed
Tokyo Miraikan  Resumed
Tokyo Mori Art Museum  Resumed
Tokyo Mori Arts Center Gallery  Resumed
Tokyo National Film Archive of Japan  Resumed
Tokyo National Museum of Nature & Science  Resumed
Tokyo National Theatre, National Engei Hall, National Noh Theatre, National Bunraku Theatre  Resumed
Tokyo Nezu Museum  September 19, 2020
Tokyo Samurai Museum TBA
Tokyo Teamlab Borderless  Resumed
Tokyo Teamlab Planets TOKYO  Resumed
Tokyo The National Art Center  Resumed
Tokyo The National Museum of Modern Art  Resumed
Tokyo The New National Theatre  Resumed
Tokyo The observatories at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building  Resumed
Tokyo The Yomiuri Land Amusement Park  Resumed
Tokyo Tokyo Disneyland/DisneySea  Resumed
Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum  Resumed
Tokyo Tokyo Opera City  Resumed
Tokyo TOKYO SKYTREE  Resumed
Tokyo Tokyo Station Gallery  Resumed
Tokyo Ueno Zoological Gardens Resumed
Kanagawa Japan Open-air Folk House Museum  Resumed
Kanagawa Kodomonokuni  Resumed
Kanagawa Okada Museum of Art Resumed
Kanagawa Pola Museum of Art  Resumed
Kanagawa The Hakone Open-Air Museum Resumed
Kanagawa Zoorasia, Yokohama Municipal Zoo Resumed
Toyama Toyama Glass Art Museum  Resumed
Ishikawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art  Resumed
Fukui Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum  Resumed
Yamanashi Fuji-Q Highland  Resumed
Yamanashi Itchiku Kubota Art Museum Resumed
Nagano Chihiro Art Museum Azumino Resumed
Nagano Hiroshi senju museum karuizawa Resumed
Gifu Gasshozukuri Minkaen Outdoor Museum Resumed
Shizuoka Kakegawa Kachoen  Resumed
Shizuoka Shizuoka Municipal Nihondaira Zoo  Resumed
Aichi Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens  Resumed
Aichi LEGOLAND Japan Resort  Resumed
Aichi Meiji Mura  Resumed
Aichi Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium  Resumed
Aichi SCMAGLEV and Railway Park  Resumed
Aichi The Little World Museum of Man Resumed
Aichi Toyota Kaikan Museum  Resumed
Aichi Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology  Resumed
Mie ISE Sea Paradise (Japanese only) Resumed
Mie Mie Prefectural Art Museum  Resumed
Mie Nagashima Spa Land (Japanese only) Resumed
Mie Sengukan  Resumed
Mie Suzuka Circuit MOTOPIA  Resumed
Shiga Miho Museum  August 12, 2020
Kyoto Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art  Resumed
Kyoto Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design Resumed
Kyoto Kyoto National Museum  Resumed
Kyoto Kyoto Railway Museum  Resumed
Osaka Hirakata Park  Resumed
Osaka Kids Plaza Osaka  Resumed
Osaka Mint Museum  Resumed
Osaka National Museum of Ethnology  Resumed
Osaka Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan  Resumed
Osaka Osaka Castle Museum  Resumed
Osaka Universal Studios, Japan  Resumed
Hyogo Kobe Animal Kingdom  Resumed
Hyogo Oji Zoo  Resumed
Hyogo Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum  Resumed
Hyogo Himeji Castle Resumed
Nara Nara National Museum  Resumed
Nara Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties  Resumed
Nara Nara Prefectural Museum of Art  Resumed
Wakayama Adventure World  Resumed
Tottori Tottori Sand Dunes The Sand Museum  Resumed
Shimane Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo  Resumed
Okayama Ohara Museum of Art Mid August
Hiroshima Hiroshima Castle  Resumed
Hiroshima Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum  Resumed
Hiroshima JMSDF KURE MUSEUM  Resumed
Tokushima Otsuka Museum of Art  Resumed
Kagawa Teshima Museum Resumed
Kochi Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture  Resumed
Fukuoka Kyushu National Museum  Resumed
Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch  Resumed
Nagasaki Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture  Resumed
Nagasaki Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims  Resumed
Nagasaki Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium  Resumed
Oita African safari Resumed
Oita Suginoi Palace Resumed
Oita Umitamago  Resumed
Kagashima Chiran Peace Museum Resumed
Okinawa Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium  Resumed
Okinawa Southeast Botanical Gardens Resumed
Okinawa The National Theatre Okinawa  Resumed


2. Events

Prefecture Event Name  Original Date Current Status
All over Japan J1 League February 21 - December 5, 2020 July 4, 2020 -
All over Japan NIPPON PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL March 20 - November 15, 2020 June 19, 2020 -
Yamanashi, Shizuoka Mt.Fuji Climbing July - Mid September, 2020 Closed in 2020 season
Hokkaido Kachimai Fireworks Festival (Japanese only) August 13, 2020 Cancelled
Hokkaido Kita no megumi Tabe Marche (Japanese only) September 20 - September 22, 2020 September 20 - October 20, 2020 (It will be held online.)
Hokkaido Rising Sun Rock Festival (Japanese only) August 14 - August 15, 2020 Cancelled
Hokkaido Sapporo Marathon (Japanese only) October 11, 2020 October 7 - October 13, 2020 (It will be held online.)
Aomori Aomori Nebuta Festival (Japanese only) August 2 - August 7, 2020 Cancelled
Iwate Morioka Sansa Odori Festival August 1 - August 4, 2020 Cancelled
Miyagi Jozenji Street Jazz Festival (Japanese only) September 12 - September 13, 2020 Cancelled (It will be held online.)
Miyagi Sendai Tanabata Festival August 6 - August 8, 2020 Cancelled
Akita Akita Kanto Festival August 3 - August 6, 2020 Cancelled
Yamagata Yamagata Hanagasa Festival August 5 - August 7, 2020 Cancelled
Ibaraki ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL (Japanese only) August 8 - August 10, 2020 Cancelled
Tochigi Ashikaga Fireworks Festival (Japanese only) August 22, 2020 Cancelled
Tchigi Furusato Miya Festival (Japanese only) August 3 - August 4, 2020 Cancelled
Chiba Ceatec October 20 - October 23, 2020 Cancelled (It will be held online.)
Chiba Tokyo Game Show September 24 - September 27, 2020 September 23 - September 27, 2020 (It will be held online.)
Tokyo Fukagawa hachiman festival (Japanese only) Mid August, 2020 Postponed to 2021
Tokyo Hachioji Festival (Japanese only) August 14 - August 16, 2020 Cancelled
Tokyo JIMTOF December 7 - December 12, 2020 Cancelled
Tokyo Sanja Festival (Japanese only) May 15 - May 17, 2020 October 16 - October 18, 2020
Tokyo Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival (Japanese only) July 11, 2020 Cancelled
Kanagawa Atsugi Ayu Festival (Japanese only) October 24 - October 25, 2020 Cancelled
Kanagawa The Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival  July 3 - July 5, 2020 Cancelled
Kanagawa Yokohama Marathon November 1, 2020 Cancelled
Niigata Earth Celebration August 21 - August 23, 2020

August 23, 2020

(It will be held online.)

Niigata FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL'20 August 21 - August 23, 2020


Niigata Nagaoka Fireworks Festival August 2 - August 3, 2020 Cancelled
Niigata Niigata Festival (Japanese only) August 9 - August 11, 2020 Cancelled
Ishikawa Kanazawa Marathon October 25, 2020 Cancelled
Yamanashi Shinmei Fireworks Extravaganza (Jampanese only) August 7, 2020 Cancelled
Yamanashi Yoshida Fire Festival (Japanese only) August 26 - August 27, 2020 Cancelled
Nagano Matsumoto Marathon (Japanese only) October 4, 2020 Cancelled
Gifu Autumn Takayama Festival October 9 - October 10, 2020 Cancelled
Shizuoka Atami Fireworks Festival (Japanese only) April 18 - December 13, 2020 August 5, 2020 - January 23, 2021
Shizuoka Daidogei World Cup October 31 - November 3, 2020 Cancelled
Shizuoka Shimizu Tanabata Festival (Japanese only) July 2 - July 5, 2020 Cancelled
Aichi Ichinomiya Tanabata Festival (Japanese only) July 16 - July 19, 2020 Cancelled
Aichi Nagoya Festival October 17 - October 18, 2020 Cancelled
Aichi Nagoya Sumo Tournament July 5 - July 19, 2020 July 19 - August 2, 2020 in Tokyo
Aichi Toyohashi Gion Festival (Japanese only) July 17 - July 19, 2020 Almost canceled
Aichi Tsushima Tenno Festival  July 25 - July 26, 2020 Cancelled
Aichi World Cosplay Summit August 1 - August 2, 2020 Cancelled (It will be held online.)
Mie Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix October 9 - October 11, 2020 Cancelled
Mie Kumano Fireworks Festival (Japanese only) August 17, 2020 Cancelled
Mie Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination (Japanese only) October 19, 2019 - May 6, 2020 Cancelled
Kyoto Gion Festival July 1 - July 31, 2020 Almost cancelled
Osaka Kishiwada Danjiri Festival (Japanese only) September 8 - October 13, 2020 Partially cancelled
Osaka Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Festival August 22, 2020 Cancelled
Osaka Tenjin Festival (Japanese only) July 24 - July 25, 2020 Cancelled
Hyogo Autumn Awaji hanahaku 20th Awaji Flower Festival (Japanese only) September 19 - November 3, 2020 September 18 - October 31, 2021
Hyogo Kobe Marathon November 15, 2020 Cancelled
Hyogo Nada Fighting Festival (Japanese only) October14 - October 15, 2020 Cancelled
Wakayama Nachi Fire Festival (Japanese only) July 14, 2020 Almost cancelled
Wakayama Shirahama Summer Fireworks July 25, 2020 - Cancelled
Tottori Kurayoshi Utsubuki Festival (Japanese only) August 3 - August 4, 2020 Cancelled
Shimane Matsue Suigo Festival (Japanese only) September 12, 2020 Cancelled
Okayama Okayama Marathon November 8, 2020 Cancelled
Hiroshima Hiroshima Triennale 2020 in BINGO (Japanese only) September 11 - November 15, 2020 Cancelled
Tokushima AWA-ODORI (Japanese only) August 12 - August 15, 2020 Cancelled
Kochi Yosakoi Festival (Japanese only) August 9 - August 12, 2020 Cancelled
Fukuoka Asia Port Festival in KANMON (Japanese only) August 13, 2020 Cancelled
Fukuoka Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival (Japanese only) July 1 - July 15, 2020 Cancelled
Fukuoka NUMBER SHOT 2020 (Japanese only) July 18 - July 19, 2020 Cancelled
Fukuoka Sunset Live (Japanese only) September 5 - September 6, 2020 Cancelled
Saga Saga International Balloon Fiesta October 31 - November 4, 2020 Cancelled
Kagashima Kirishima International Music Festival July 17 - August 2, 2020 Postponed to 2021


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