Japan Coronavirus Advisory Information (Updated March 27th 2020)
As reported through international media channels, a novel coronavirus has been detected in the city of Wuhan (People`s Republic of China) and the number of infected individuals has increased significantly over the past few weeks. For safe travel to Japan, here are some latest information to guide you regarding the virus.
Government advisories and information regarding travel to Japan
Any foreign visitors who have visited Hubein and Zhejiang Provinces, 14 days prior to arrival in Japan (effective from 13 February 2020, at 0:00 a.m.JST) or with Chinese passport issued by these provinces will not be permitted into Japan unless under special circumstances for the time being.
Foreigners who have stayed in the areas listed below within 14 days prior their arrival in Japan can also not enter Japan.
Restricted regions to enter Japan
①Republic of Korea (Daegu Metropolitan City, Gyeongsang City North Gyeongsang Province, Andong City, Yeongcheon City, Cheongdo County, Chilgok County, Uiseong County, Seongju County, Gunw County)
②Islamic Republic of Iran (Qom, Tehran, Gilan, Alborz, Isfahan, Gazvin, Golestan, Semnan, Mazandaran, Markazi, Lorestan Provinces)
Italy, Austria, Andorra, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Ireland, Germany, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Norway, Slovenia, San Mario, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Vatican
Enhanced Screening and Quarantine Measures effective from March 28th 2020.
Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippine, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam,
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Israel, Qatar, , Bahrain
For the latest information, check here(Narita Airport Notification) or contact your embassy for any updates. The list of the embassies can be found
here through Ministry of Foreign Affairs official webpage.
Tokyo Disneyland/Sea to be closed until mid April
Sanrio Puroland to be closed from February 22nd to early April
Universal Studio Japan to be closed from February 29th to April 12th
Ghibli Museum Mitaka to be closed from February 25th to April 28th
Tokyo Sky Tree to be closed for a while (please check its official web page for further detail)
From March 19th to March 31st
Some Nozomi train on Tokaido Shinkansen (bullet train) between Tokyo and Shin Osaka
Some Hikari train on Sanyo Shinkansen between Shin Osaka and Hakata
From March 20th to April 5th
Some Sakura train on Kyushu Shinkansen between Hakata and Kagoshima
Medical & Insurance Needs
Anyone feeling ill after arrival to Japan or need multilingual support or want to apply for insurance, you should check Japan Tourism Agency's "Guide for when you are feeling ill". It is available in English, Chinese and Korean.
Japan Visitor Hotline
Visitor hotline is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year available operated by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO). In the case of accidents and emergencies including novel coronavirus(COVID-19), call for tourist information or assistance available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
Call Center Information Name Japan Visitor Hotline Phone Number 050-3816-2787 From overseas +81-50-3816-2787 Service Hours 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Languages Available English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese Service Covered Support & assistance when emergencies (accident, illness etc.) or natural disasters, general tourist information
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Call Center
Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health, Tokyo Metropolitan Government has launched a multilingual coronavirus hotlines giving advice on how to prevent the virus, how to take action when such symptoms appear, and other things related to the virus. The service will be available in English, Chinese and Korean.
9:00am-9:00pm (all day including weekends and holidays)
Prevention of the virus
Masks are more less sold out at most stores in Japan, even drug stores, and the shelves at the stores are often empty. Before planning a trip to Japan, it is strongly recommended to buy boxes of surgical masks in your country and bring it upon your travel. While travelling, to help prevent the spread of the diseases, things that you could do is to wash your hands frequently, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you are sick, use a tissue instead of hand to cover your cough or sneeze and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
wash your hands frequently
sanitize your hand using sanitizer
A key to staying healthy apart from things like wearing a mask and washing hands regularly is to choose the right food and drink to boost your immunity. These are some popular food and drinks that many Japanese people take, in hope to stay “healthy”.
different types of R-1 yogurt
As these maps show, the disease has been detected in 41 prefectures as of March 27th 2020.
Q&A regarding the virus
Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare has summarized a Q&A regarding the virus. You can find the information from its official webpage here.