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Japan's Olympic Hopes Increase as COVID-19 Closures Recede

June 10, 2021 • 2:51 pm CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

The Japanese government decided on June 10, 2021, to lift the COVID-19 state of emergency in the Gunma, Ishikawa, and Kumamoto prefectures on June 13th, reported Kyodo News.

A press conference previously held by Japan's Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, TAMURA Norihisa, confirmed the reduction in new COVID-19 cases.

However, the state of emergencies in Tokyo and Osaka prefectures are continuing as scheduled, with a termination date of May 31, 2021.

With the Tokyo Olympics 2020 Games planned to commence on July 23, 2021, time is running short for event participants to enter Japan. Certain foreign nationals are denied permission to enter Japan for the time being unless there are exceptional circumstances.

The U.S. Embassy and consulates in Japan continue to monitor closely COVID-19 conditions. There may be additional closure requests and COVID-19 mitigation measures put into place with little notice. U.S. citizens should carefully monitor local news and follow instructions from national and local authorities.

To notify US-based travelers of their health risks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Level 3 Travel Alert for Japan on June 7, 2021. This Alert stated, 'Because of the current situation in Japan, all travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants. And, unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to Japan.'

The Government of Japan is currently vaccinating health care workers and individuals age 65 and up. The U.S. Embassy expects that U.S. citizens will receive vaccinations as they become available to their age group.

Moreover, 'Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, masking, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements.'