Worldwide, a number of governments have moved to advise in opposition to all non-essential journey for his or her residents, and have requested residents overseas to return house. Please see beneath for hyperlinks offering extra data. It’s best to imagine that any journey to or from Japan within the subsequent 6 to eight weeks might be fraught with cancellations and delays – we urge EVERYONE to rebook their journeys right now, as the general danger just isn’t value it.

We might be rebooting the Megathread inside the subsequent 24 hours to raised replicate the data that almost all customers have to know with Degree Four Journey Advisories being declared by many international locations. A backup of the unique thread with minor adjustments is present in our FAQ. Please verify right here for the unique put up from when this example started.

All feedback and hyperlinks are below Moderator overview and eliminated or accredited as needed. We count on ALL customers on this sub to be civil at ALL occasions – it doesn’t matter what. It is truthful to be afraid, nevertheless it’s unfair to unfold panic. Bear in mind the human.


As of this writing, there are 1087 confirmed circumstances in Japan, 22 individuals have died. 696 had been affected from the Diamond Princess Cruise, we’ll not embrace this in our each day whole, as stories have point out a considerable amount of these contaminated have recovered, and are not a priority.

NHK Information Japan has a breakdown of current circumstances in Japan by prefecture right here. You will want to have a translation system turned on in your browser, as this web page is direct from the NHK in Japan – not the english web site. This data is offered by the Ministry of Heath in Japan, and the hyperlink is up to date as needed.

NHK World, the english subsidiary of NHK Information Japan, has offered this graphic of a breakdown of circumstances in Japan.

The Johns Hopkins CSSE map might be our solely supply for affirmation of circumstances going ahead – the hyperlink could be discovered right here.



Australia has moved to shut borders to non-citizens and non-residents beginning tomorrow night time.

Japan will now request vacationers from Europe and associated areas to self quarantine for 14 days on arrival IN Japan, as per the official directive from the Japanese Authorities. The 90 day Visa Exemptions that Europeans had been aware of have additionally been suspended till April 30th.

Taiwan can also be requesting anybody flying again FROM Japan, or finishing a layover TO Japan from Washington, New York or California to finish a 14 day quarantine earlier than persevering with onwards. That is in impact instantly for vacationers from Europe, and can go into impact March 19th for all different vacationers.

An increasing number of governments are requesting that their residents return house from holidays as quickly as potential, Eire, Germany, Australia and the UK have all made requests within the final 48 hours that residents organize return flights immediately, or cancel journeys to curb the unfold of the sickness. That is not a scenario the place we will marvel “how it’s” in Japan, however “how exhausting will it’s to get again?”


Canadian Authorities has simply specified that they are going to NOT repatriate Canadians stranded overseas – there might be no rescue planes despatched to gather Canadians who’ve flights cancelled on them and can’t rebook to reenter the nation.

We’re starting to see stories from customers who’re having return flights from Japan cancelled by varied airways.

If this occurs you could have the next choices:

Contact your journey insurance coverage company to request steerage. Rebooking your flight could also be lined by them.

Contact one other airline to e book a brand new flight out as quickly as potential – notice that this may are available in at a better price than you initially paid.

Put together to remain in Japan longer than anticipated, which can contain having to e book totally different inns or hostels relying on long term prices.

There’s an help program being set as much as assist stranded Canadians abroad, extra data might be out there by means of the Authorities’s web site within the coming days.

“In the event you’re overseas right now, it is time so that you can come house.” – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Once more, we do advocate rescheduling or cancelling journeys to Japan right now, as every particular person nation makes choices on how greatest to curb the unfold of the virus. This isn’t going to get higher any time quickly, and any nation that has but to position journey restrictions worldwide will simply be heading in that path within the coming days.


American Airways suspends all Asia routes from US, besides Three weekly flights from Dallas to Tokyo. This takes impact on March 16th, and can run by means of Might sixth, as per the linked web site. Please contact the airline relating to refund availability.


Airbnb has offered data on cancellations as a result of COVID-19.


We’re starting to see stories of prepare schedules being affected by the dearth of crowds, and fewer vacationers. Please see the feedback from our customers on JR Hokkaido Restricted Specific Trains, Nozomi Shinkansen, and JR West and JR Kyushu strains particularly.

Canada has additionally issued a worldwide Journey Advisory to its residents, regionally and people overseas. As famous beneath:

“Official World Journey Advisory – Keep away from non-essential journey exterior of Canada till additional discover.”

“To restrict the unfold of COVID-19, many international locations have put in place journey or border restrictions and different measures similar to motion restrictions and quarantines. Airways have cancelled flights. New restrictions could also be imposed with little warning. Your journey plans could also be severely disrupted and chances are you’ll be pressured to stay exterior of Canada longer than anticipated.”

“Contact your airline or tour operator to find out choices for cancelling or suspending your journey.”

“In case you are nonetheless contemplating travelling: Examine your vacation spot’s Security and safety, Entry/exit necessities and Well being sections.”

“In case you are exterior of Canada: Discover out what business choices are nonetheless out there to return to Canada. Take into account returning to Canada sooner than deliberate if these choices have gotten extra restricted. Guarantee that you’ve got ample funds and requirements, together with treatment, in case your travels are disrupted. This advisory overrides all different danger ranges, aside from areas for which we advise to keep away from all journey (together with regional advisories). The keep away from all journey advisories stay legitimate.


The US Authorities has moved to concern a worldwide Degree Three Journey Advisory to its residents. We FIRMLY advocate following up along with your airline and cancelling your journey – as it’s unsure what exit and re-entry necessities might be right now, amongst different critical issues of transmission, hospitalization, and quarantine. This example is altering daily.


Narita Airport has posted a listing of residents that won’t be allowed to enter Japan if they’ve been within the areas listed 14 days previous to their journey, as of 03/11.

Particularly, individuals who have visited China, Korea, Italy, Iran, or the Republic of San Marino might be excluded from entry and anticipated to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Please verify the hyperlink for extra data, or name the JNTO “Japan Customer Hotline”, which supplies multilingual assist 24 hours a day, 365 days a yr for international vacationers in an emergency. They’re additionally ready to reply to issues relating to COVID-19. 【Phone】050-3816-2787(from abroad:+81-50-3816-2787) 【Hours】out there 24 hours a day, 365 days a yr 【Obtainable languages】English, Chinese language, Korean and Japanese

Extra closures and extensions of closures are coming by means of, we’re updating the record beneath when we now have verified data to cross alongside.


“Japan’s Cupboard OKs invoice to present Prime Minister capacity to declare emergency amid virus outbreak.” THIS IS NOT A STATE OF EMERGENCY. PLEASE READ THE LINK ABOVE, OR OUR SUMMARY BELOW:

“The Cupboard on Tuesday accredited a invoice that might allow Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a state of emergency, if wanted, as Japan scrambles to cease the unfold of the brand new coronavirus. Abe, who confronted criticism for being too relaxed in his preliminary response to the outbreak, has sought the ability to arrange for a “worst case situation.”

“Furthermore, the prime minister has prolonged a authorities request to occasion organizers nationwide to chorus from holding such gatherings by about 10 days. The request was initially till March 19.”

“The authorized change would permit the prime minister to declare a state of emergency lasting as much as two years if coronavirus infections unfold quickly throughout the nation and fears are raised of a grave influence on individuals’s lives and the economic system.”

“As soon as an emergency is said, prefectural governors can instruct residents to remain indoors and ask for faculties to shut and occasions to be canceled.”

“Native governments may demand that important provides similar to medication and meals be bought to them. They’ll briefly take over personal land and services to supply medical care.”

“Abe has already requested that faculties throughout the nation shut and massive sports activities and cultural occasions be canceled or postponed. However below the present legislation, the federal government doesn’t have the authorized energy to implement faculty closures or occasion cancellations.”

“The principle opposition Constitutional Democratic Celebration of Japan and the Democratic Celebration for the Folks say the prime minister ought to search prior parliamentary approval earlier than any declaration of a state of emergency.”

As soon as once more, this invoice doesn’t enact a State of Emergency for the nation, it merely means to replicate and strengthen the legal guidelines put in place from earlier viral outbreaks in Japan.

Additionally of notice is the suggestion by a panel of specialists to proceed closures for one more 10 days past what has already been famous within the feedback. We might be updating the closures thread as needed as corporations prolong the break.


Border management improve begins immediately in Japan. NHK has an article on the overall tips for border management right now.

We now have reprinted the article in full beneath.

Japan elevated border management measures on Monday in an effort to forestall the unfold of the brand new coronavirus.

The federal government is asking individuals arriving from China and South Korea, together with Japanese nationals, to remain at house or different personal lodging for 2 weeks at their very own expense.

Officers are asking these vacationers to chorus from utilizing public transportation, together with planes, trains, buses and taxis, and use personal or rental automobiles from the airport of their entry to their houses or lodging services.

Guests are requested to declare to quarantine officers the place they are going to keep through the first two weeks in addition to their technique of transportation from the airport. They are going to be requested to stay on the airport till preparations are prepared.

In the course of the two-week interval they are going to be requested to verify their well being each day. In the event that they develop a fever and different signs they’re requested to name a session heart and go to a chosen hospital.

The measures are anticipated to stay in impact till the tip of this month. They don’t seem to be legally-binding, however the well being ministry is asking for cooperation.

As soon as once more, we’d advise when you’ve got a stopover in any of the affected international locations (China, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau – named particularly.) that you simply contact your airline to vary your flight as quickly as potential. These measures might be in power till the tip of this month on the very least.


“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: “We’ll ask individuals getting into Japan from the 2 international locations to remain at locations designated by the quarantine chief for 2 weeks and to not use public transportation programs within the nation.”

A extra in depth clarification of the restrictions is defined right here.

This seems to be seperate from an even bigger invoice aimed toward decreasing the variety of total vacationers at this second to halt the unfold of the virus. The NHK has posted an article on the opposite measures of the invoice, and the way it will permit the Authorities to enact a State Of Emergency – giving them the ability to “management some companies’ working hours, shut faculties and instruct individuals to remain indoors. Authorities would additionally be capable to use buildings and land with out their house owners’ consent for medical functions.”

Briefly, if you’re a Korean or Chinese language Nationwide, you’ll not be allowed to enter the nation with out dealing with a 14 day quarantine. Any planes arriving from both location will solely be processed at both Narita or Kansai Airport, beginning March ninth, and lasting till March 31st. It would additionally embrace guests from Hong Kong and Macau, in addition to Japanese Nationals coming from these international locations – we’re assuming this consists of these coming back from trip in these areas. Entry Visas are being cancelled, for China, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, and Iran which sounds prefer it means you may be quarantined on the border, and could possibly be despatched house after the 14 days are up.

When you have a flight with a stopover in both nation, you’ll be smart to contact your airline immediately and organize to both fly direct, or re-route by means of a unique space to keep away from getting caught up within the quarantine. We now have no affirmation that stopovers are excluded OR included on this requirement, nevertheless it’s higher to be secure than sorry.


The Japanese Authorities has rolled out necessities to assist curb the unfold of the virus, as the following two weeks are essential for transmission inside the nation.


The JNTO (Japan Nationwide Tourism Group) is advising any and all vacationers arriving in Japan to have journey medical health insurance in case they require remedy or hospitalization on account of contracting the virus. The Authorities of Japan will NOT cowl the prices related to remedy throughout this time, and also you will be required to pay out of pocket ought to an an infection happen, and you don’t have any insurance coverage.

Extra data could be discovered on the following hyperlink from the JNTO, together with hyperlinks to corporations that may present journey medical health insurance IN Japan on arrival.

We strongly advocate you add Journey Cancellation and Journey Well being Insurance coverage to your funds earlier than you depart – for exactly this sort of incidence. Please take the time to analysis journey insurance coverage, and make sure along with your financial institution or private well being care plan what is roofed, or not lined, and buy a plan that meets your wants in accordance along with your journey.


The NHK has revealed an article reporting that JNTO has a cellphone quantity to name ought to vacationers at the moment in Japan require help. We’d not advocate contacting this quantity if you’re not at the moment within the nation, as this line is meant to help with potential circumstances and have them directed to medical services for remedy. The article has been eliminated, however we now have a hyperlink to the cellphone numbers right here. There’s additionally a hyperlink to the JNTO for additional data, if wanted.

“The Japan Nationwide Tourism Group is providing cellphone session providers for international vacationers who’re involved concerning the new pressure of coronavirus.”

“The Japan Customer Hotline presents 24-hour providers in Japanese, English, Chinese language and Korean.”

“The hotline can refer callers who could also be contaminated with the virus to the closest medical establishment. It additionally supplies data on measures to forestall an infection similar to hand washing and gargling.”

“The group encourages international vacationers to name if they’ve any issues.”

“The hotline quantity is 050-3816-2787.

Calling from Abroad? Use: +81-50-3816-2787

“What Are The Present Journey Restrictions To And From Japan?”

This data was offered by /u/JonJonJapon within the /r/japanlife subreddit. They offered a wonderful breakdown of the scenario at the moment, and have allowed us to repost this right here with credit score.

Coronavirus-related Journey Restrictions

The IATA Journey Middle’s hyperlink above is frequently up to date with particulars about journey bans and restrictions associated to the novel coronavirus, not only for Japan however worldwide. As of Feb 28, the put up was as follows:

Energetic Journey Bans on Vacationers Coming from Japan:

Israel (below protest by JP gov’t as of Feb 25)

Iraq Saudi Arabia (as of 27 Feb)

Mongolia (as of 27 Feb, consists of transit)

French Polynesia







Solomon Islands


The Marshall Islands

St. Lucia

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Energetic Journey Bans on Vacationers Getting into Japan:

European nations famous within the hyperlink above.

Hubei Province, China

Zhejiang Province, China

Daegu Metropolis and Cheongdo County, Republic of Korea

Journey Warnings Going To Japan:

Observe that we’re treating all advisories as a Degree 3, whatever the particular person score scale. This example is not “ought to I journey?” however “how do I get house?”

Europe (Degree 3 – Keep away from non-essential journey, return house) energetic March 18th

United Kingdom (Degree 3 – Keep away from non-essential journey, return house) energetic March 17th

Eire (Degree 3 – Keep away from non-essential journey, return house) energetic March 17th

Germany (Degree 3 – Keep away from non-essential journey, return house) energetic March 17th

Canada (Degree Three of 4 – Keep away from Non-Important Journey, return house) energetic March 13

United States (Degree 2 of three for CDC, Three of Four for Dept of State – Request to Keep away from Non-Important Journey), energetic March 12

Australia (Degree Three of 4 – Keep away from non-essential journey, return house, necessary quarantine on arrival again in Australia, that is enforceable with fines and jail time.), energetic March 15

Taiwan (Degree 2 of three), energetic Feb 22

Thailand (no pointless journey), energetic Feb 17

Kazakhstan (follow-up monitoring for all arriving from Japan)

Kerala Province, India (follow-up monitoring for all arriving from Japan)

Kyrgyzstan (necessary quarantine on arrival from JP)

Turkmenistan (examination on arrival)

Oman (14-day necessary quarantine)

Qatar (14-day self-quarantine)

Paraguay (14-day quarantine)

India (no extra visa on arrival – that is JP nationals just for now)

Do you could have a listing of the present cancellations and closures in Japan?

We do! We now have been collating this record for the previous couple of days as closures are prolonged and cancellations happen. It’s not a whole record, and when you’ve got an official notification that you simply’d like us to incorporate – please reply to the remark beneath. Many areas are extending closures proper now, and a few are remaining closed indefinitely – with no reopening date listed.


Tokyo – Sights & Occasions:

The Ghibli Museum is extending the closure till April 27th. Please verify the web site for extra data.

My Chemical Romance has pulled out of Obtain competition, which seems to be postponed completely right now.

TeamLab Planets and TeamLab Borderless are closed, opening TBD for Borderless. Teamlab Planets will now reopen on 03/22.

/u/tenant1313 has offered us with one other replace on the Yayoi Kusama Museum. The museum will now stay CLOSED from March 26th to April 1st. Please see the hyperlink offered for additional data.

The Spring Koshien has been cancelled.

The Nico Nico Cho Kaigi has been cancelled.

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea is NOW closed till Early April. **One in every of our customers, /u/Shirahugs, ** has offered some data on the cancellations on this hyperlink

21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo has prolonged the closure till 03/31

Shining Moon Tokyo has prolonged the closure till April, they are going to reassess to substantiate earlier than reopening.

Knotfest Japan (03/20 & 03/21) in Tokyo have been postponed indefinitely.

Cherry Blossom Festivals are cancelled at each Naka-Meguro and Ueno Park.

/u/Reluctant_swimmer says “Spa LaQua in Tokyo is closed 03/01 to 03/08 and Spa World in Osaka is closed until 03/15th.*

/u/Girl-Zsa-Zsa says “Shinjuku Gyoen in Tokyo has a closure listed on their web site for the remainder space in Shoten-tei and Rakutei in addition to the data centre. It seems to be “from March 3″ with no re-opening date.”

/u/thesethie shares “The Tokyo Yayoi Kusama Museum emailed they are going to be closed from 03/12/ to 03/22, and might be issuing refunds.

In response to /u/Spiffytease – “Mazaria the Bandai VR Arcade (and a ton of different smaller VR Arcades in Tokyo for that matter) is closed till 03/16.”

Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo is closed till 03/15

Miraikan, The Nationwide Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, is closed till 03/15

Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo is closed till 03/16

Daimaru & Matsuzakaya malls nationwide are closed on 03/03, 03/10, 03/17, and 03/24.

Tokyo’s Sega Joypolis has prolonged their closure till 03/19.

Toyota MegaWeb has prolonged their closure, the brand new opening date is TBD.

Tokyo Skytree Tower will stay closed, reopening date might be decided later. Solamachi Procuring Middle is open, however working below diminished enterprise hours.

Mori Artwork Museum & Tokyo Metropolis View is extending their closure till 03/19. Destiny 15th Anniversary Museum at Sony Music Museum Roppongi can also be closed.

Edo Tokyo Museum is closed till 03/31.

Sumida Aquarium at Tokyo Skytree is closed till 03/15.

One Piece Tower at Tokyo Tower is closed till 3/17.

Nissan Heritage Museum is cancelling excursions.

Saitama Railway Museum is closed till 03/15.

Tokyo Metro Museum is now closed indefinitely.

Kidzania in Tokyo is closed till 03/23.

Snoopyland is extending the closure till 03/22.

Anime Japan 2020 has been cancelled.

New Japan Professional Wrestling has cancelled all reveals till 03/15.

The Nippon Skilled Baseball Group has determined that each one video games for the pre-season might be held with out spectators, the season itself has been delayed till 04/10.

Tokyo Nationwide Museum is now closed indefinitely.

Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities Constructing is now closed till 03/31.

“Tokyo Free Strolling Tour has canceled excursions till the tip of March in keeping with their web site.” – /u/betelguese_supernova

Japan’s Soccer League has cancelled matches scheduled for 02/26, and can postpone the remaining matches from 02/25 to mid-March.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo is extending the closure till 03/20.

Tokyo – Meals/Drink Institutions:

Toyosu Market is now closed till 03/31.

Robotic Restaurant is closed between 03/02 to 03/08. They may overview the closure on the eighth and will prolong it.

Pokemon Cafe in Osaka might be closed the identical dates because the Daimaru to assist curb the unfold of the virus – 03/03, 03/10, 03/17, 03/24.

Kyoto – Sights:

Kyoto Nationwide Museum is closed till 03/23.

Shukkeien Backyard in Hiroshima is closed till 03/30

Toei Kyoto Studio Park (Eigamura) in Kyoto is closed from 03/02 to 03/13. Please additionally notice that this closure interval could also be prolonged.

The Miyako Odori has been cancelled.

Kitano Odori and Kyo Odori geisha dance recitals have been cancelled in Kyoto.

Ninomaru Palace at Nijo-jo Fort in Kyoto is now closed till 3/22.

Kyoto Tower Statement Deck is closed till 03/15.

Higashiyama Hanatouro has been cancelled in Kyoto.

Daimaru & Matsuzakaya malls nationwide are closed on 03/03, 03/10, 03/17, and 03/24.

Kyoto Railway Museum is now closed till 03/31.

Kyoto Manga Museum is closed till 03/15.

Kyoto – Meals/Drink Institutions:

(None listed but. Please reply to this put up with related hyperlinks.)

Osaka – Sights:

Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKAN, Santa Maria Cruise Ship, and the Ferris Wheel will prolong closures till 03/22.

RADWIMPS have postponed their “RADWIMPS こんにちは日本 〜KONNICHIWA NIPPON〜 TOUR 2020” for Osaka in 20th & 21st March. Additional cancellations could possibly be introduced

USJ Osaka is extending closures till 03/22.

Umeda Sky constructing observatory is extending the closure till 03/19.

March Sumo Match might be held in an empty area.

Osaka Mint Cherry Blossom Pageant is cancelled.

Osaka Pure Historical past Museum is closed till 03/15.

Abeno Harukas observatory & Museum in Osaka is is now closed indefinitely.

Daimaru & Matsuzakaya malls nationwide are closed on 03/03, 03/10, 03/17, and 03/24.

Osaka Fort Museum is now closed indefinitely.

Osaka – Meals/Drink Institutions:

Osaka’s Nipponbashi Avenue Festa is cancelled.

Different Places in Japan:

Hiroshima Peace museum is closed till 03/19.

Matsumoto citadel is closed till 03/27.

Nagasaki Peace Museum, and Oura Cathedral are each closed because of the virus. It seems as if the Atomic Bomb Museum continues to be open.

Ninjadera Kanazawa is extending the closure till 03/27.

Huis Ten Bosch is closed till 03/15. Some indoor services will stay closed between 03/16 and 03/22.

Sanrio Harmonyland in Kyushu is extending its closure till 03/22.

Matsumoto Metropolis Museum of Artwork is closed 3/Four to three/31.

Nismo Omori Manufacturing facility is closed till 03/18.

Matsumoto Fort is closed till 03/17.

Himeji Fort has prolonged its closure till 03/26.tps://

Fukui Dinosaur museum is closed till 03/15.

/u/kvom01 says “Fukuoka Museum of Asian Artwork is closed till 03/30.”

Hiroshima Fort is closed.

Naoshima’s varied Artwork Amenities closed from 03/03 to 03/16, together with Benesse Artwork Web site, and Chichu Artwork museum, in addition to varied others on the island.

Nagoya Fort, Hommaru Palace, & Seinan-sumi Yagura closed till 03/15

Yokohama Cosmo World is closed till 03/15.


Observe that almost all of those areas haven’t indicated reopening dates. Please verify the web sites linked to substantiate.

Gekkeikan has issued a short lived suspension on their Sakekoubou excursions

Sapporo Beer Museum can also be closed from 02/25.

Kirin has introduced closure from 03/01.

Asahi Brewery in Osaka has cancelled excursions from 02/22.

Yebisu Beer Museum has cancelled excursions from 02/25.

Suntory Hakushu Distillery has cancelled excursions from 02/29.

Yamazaki Distillery has cancelled excursions from 02/29.

Nikka Brewery has cancelled excursions, closed the Restaurant and Retail Retailer from 02/22.

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