With the spread of Omicron, Japan is now facing its 6th wave of the virus. In the past two weeks, daily case numbers have increased seven-fold in Japan with the country recording 44,810 new infections yesterday. As we have seen in Australia with Omicron, the risk of serious illness or death for those fully vaccinated is less than with previous strains and the total number of deaths in Japan has not increased greatly standing at 18,527 since the pandemic started.

The Special Priority Measures to prevent the spread of COVID that were placed on Okinawa, Yamaguchi and Hiroshima prefectures will be extended to another 18 prefectures from January 27 bringing the total number of prefectures under these special conditions to 34. Prime Minister Kishida announced the measures would remain in place until February 20th.

The ban on international tourists is still in place until the end of February 2022 at this stage and Japanese citizens and returning foreign residents must still quarantine at a government designated facility for either 3, 6 or 10 days depending on the risk of the area visited. Following the government quarantine period, people must self-isolate at home for between 10 and 14 days depending upon the country they have arrived from.

While the double vaccination rate in Japan is still just below 80% the government has announced that the Self Defense Forces will man mass vaccination hubs in Tokyo from January 31st and in Osaka from February 7th to administer booster shots. PM Kishida also announced that those over 18 years of age would be able to receive a booster shot at one of the vaccination hubs regardless of their place of residence provided they had a vaccination ticket for the booster shot.

We will be monitoring the situation on a daily basis and will update this page when border restrictions in Japan change.

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For further information on Japan’s entry regulations, please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan’s website.