***** Article first published on March 20, 2020 and updated on April 1st, 2021 *****
Due to the constantly changing nature of events, please see here for the latest information on Japan’s travel advisories.
We know you’re probably wondering about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Japan, so we wanted to give you the latest update from inside the country.
In early February, the Japanese government declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and other prefectures, asking residents to refrain from nonessential outings and some businesses to shut.
The state of Emergency was lifted at the end of March.
Japan’s precautionary measures
Japan has been taking, and will continue to take, precautions to limit any spread of the virus by isolating any known cases and putting in additional checks at all border points. It has also closed the border to travellers with the following criteria:
Foreigners coming whit a short-term visa, who have visited the following areas within the last 14 days are banned from entry into Japan, unless there are special circumstances. This ban is in place since April 3 and will stay in place until further notice.
- Hong Kong
- Republic of Korea
- New Zealand
- United States
Latin America and the Caribbean
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
The ban includes those who left these countries before the ban began and arrive in Japan after the introduction of the ban. For more details, please check this website.
Further limitations may be added at a later date as the situation unfolds across the globe. You may be asked to complete additional screening measures by the authorities on arrival in Japan, depending on your flight path and country of origin.
Partner schools extra precautions
Our partner schools have already put in additional precautions including providing hand disinfectant in all classrooms and shared spaces at school. Each language school will have a different approach regarding continuation of lessons during the state of emergency.
If you have any questions about your school’s plans, please contact us directly.
Daily personal precautions
According to the World Health Organisation, the best advice for avoiding infection by coronavirus is the same as for other respiratory viral infections, such as the common cold and seasonal influenza;
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
We recommend everyone to incorporate these precautions into their daily lives, wherever they are based.
As part of the study trip package, you have fully comprehensive travel insurance for the full extent of the trip, you can see the full details here or contact us directly for any questions. COVID-19 is going to be covered the same as any new eligible illness that occurred after the effective start date of the participant’s policy.
We hope with this information you now feel more informed about the realities of the current situation and reassured by the extra measures that Japan is taking to ensure the safety of its citizens and visitors.
To be kept up-to-date on the latest news about the coronavirus we recommend checking credible news sources such as the World Health Organisation, which you can find here.
Meanwhile, if you have any questions or concerns about the ongoing coronavirus situation and how this affects your study trip, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Last Updated on April 5, 2021