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Although Japan’s State of Emergency for COVID ends tomorrow (and things go back to more or less normal) the Japanese Government today confirmed that only foreign “athletes and performers” will be allowed to enter Japan for the Summer Olympics. These foreigners must have negative COVID tests to enter, go through 14 days quarantine, and have regular COVID tests during the Olympics. No foreign spectators or tourists will be allowed to enter Japan until further notice.


COVID vaccines will be administered to all Japanese citizens between mid-April and June.

The Olympics are scheduled for the final week of July and the first week of August.

It is looking more and more likely that no foreigners will be allowed on cruises in Japan  in 2021.

There are going to be some incredible Japan cruising bargains for those of us who live here.

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The Japanese Ministry of Health announced this week that a new digital vaccine passport App will be introduced shortly. Anyone entering or leaving Japan will be required to have a smartphone with this free app installed. 

The app will also allow the authorities to track your location and movements during any quarantine required after entering Japan.

At this point, foreigners - with the exception of Olympic Athletes - are not allowed to enter Japan for any reason. For the time being, the app will be required for Japanese residents only. That will most likely change when the borders re-open.

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