Travel advice from ABTA Magazine as tourism restarts.
Japan is an island country in the Far East, comprising of four main islands and more than 6,000 smaller islands, stretching from Hokkaido in the north to the sub-tropical Okinawan archipelago in the south. In-between is a land of contrasts, with frenetic modern cities, picturesque countryside and a cuisine with World Heritage status.
As lockdown continues to ease, the government has revealed a list of countries from which inbound tourist and returning travellers do not need to self-isolate (also known as the travel corridors list) – ending its blanket 14-day quarantine policy. However, it is not necessarily the case that Britons can enter the countries on the exemptions list without needing to quarantine, or that flights are even currently available (research suggests as little as a third of the countries can be visited without restrictions). Although firm favourites Spain and Italy made it on to lists revealed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Transport (DfT), the USA and Portugal were notable exceptions.
Japan is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel and is on the travel corridors list, meaning when returning to the UK, travellers will not need to self-isolate for 14 days. However, arrivals who have been in the UK and other select countries in the last 14 days are currently unable to enter, other than in exceptional circumstances, meaning holidays to the country are currently not possible.
According to the FCO, Japan has suspended its visa waiver system for anyone travelling on a British passport until at least the end of July 2020. All passengers who arrive in Japan may be required to undergo a coronavirus screening test and are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or your own home) and avoid using public transport. The measures will remain in place until at least the end of July.