COVID-19: UPDATES FROM JAPAN
Japan has continued to not allow non-residents (tourists) to enter Japan due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
This is despite a very successful vaccination rate of over 80% of all citizens since then end of 2021.
Returning residents have gone from 14 day isolation period to 10 days, and now 7 days upon re-arrival.
Major business groups have petitioned that the government follow suit with the prevailing changes of Covid 19's status from Pandemic to Epidemic and remove all travel restrictions as per the WHO guidelines.
While we cannot predict the exact dates the government will plan to reopen the borders, the prevailing thought is that it will be no sooner than 2 months from any announcement date. Because of this we are addressing any trip postponements at two month from trip start date.
We would like to deeply thank everyone for your support and cooperation. We truly appreciate your understanding under these circumstances, and can't wait to see you in Japan when borders open safely again. We want to be as transparent as possible throughout this challenging situation, so please check back on this page for updates.
When Can I Travel to Japan Again? | Vaccine Rollout Timeline
While things are uncertain on exact dates, as of April 2021 the Japanese govenrment has made its Covid-19 vaccination schedule public. Please refer to this article for more information on the most up to date projected timeline for vaccinations in Japan.
WHAT ABOUT MY BOOKED TOUR?
For all our guests who have booked tours from March 2020, we are issuing 100% travel credit, which can be applied to any future guided or self-guided tour.
We understand that in challenging times like this, it’s a great feeling just to get some plans on the calendar. It gives something to look forward to as well as motivation to get on the bike to train for an adventure ahead!
For example, if you decide to book a tour that begins on October 31, 2022, you can confirm your spots on tour by submitting your deposit now. We will check in with you in September 2022 to check on your ability to travel to Japan. If travel bans are still in place between your country and Japan, you have the option to transfer the amount paid to travel credit, which can be applied to any future tour dates (guided or self-guided).
Last Updated Nov 10, 2021 – Japan has given over 193 million doses of Covid vaccines as of November 10, 2021. Current fully vacinated numbers sit above 74%, and are expected to exceed 80% by the end of November. Japan is now allowing students and business travelers into Japan with a minimum 3 day quarantine on arrival. The high vaccination rate, low case rate, hospitalizations, and pressure from the business lobbies is likely to lower this further by year end.
CURRENT SITUATION INTERNATIONALLY
Keep in mind that although these daily situation reports tend to lag behind some news headlines, figures have been verified by WHO. Also, please note that WHO has separated the numbers between the Diamond Cruise Ship and Japan’s country metrics.
ADVICE FROM INTL GOVT ADVISORIES
Advice from GOV.UK – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/japan
Advice from CDC – https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/japan
Advice from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer – https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/japan
Advice from the Govt of Canada – https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
While news headlines do their job of alerting the public, we recommend keeping up with the situation from sources that are not motivated by clicks or views and that come from the source rather than through the lens of the distant media not present in the situation.
Once again, thank you so much for your understanding, support, and patience during this challenging time. Our team will continue to keep this page updated as we receive new information from the above sources.
山川异域 风月同天 – Lands apart, shared sky
A CULTURAL NOTE – MASK WEARING IN JAPAN & ASIA
In Japan (and much of Asia), face masks are often worn as a sign of courtesy. When an individual feels like they experiencing even a mild cold or seasonal allergies, they will wear a mask in public out of courtesy as to not sneeze on those around them. Some individuals with sensitive respiratory systems will also wear a mask to avoid smoke or poor air quality. What more, in places like Japan with cold dry winters many people choose to wear a face mask simply to help keep their airways humid.
This can be a little disconcerting for visitors from non-Asian countries where there is no culture of wearing masks. Just keep in mind that most masks in Japan are worn as a sign of courtesy, a seasonal precaution, or a fashion choice.