On January 31st, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 or the coronavirus a global emergency. Japan entered a state of emergency on April 7, 2020, and asked people to stay home as businesses shut down temporarily, but the emergency has since been lifted due to a drop in the number of confirmed cases.

On Jan. 07, 2021, Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa entered a second state of emergency with more prefectures following soon after. The second state of emergency was lifted on Mar. 21.

While some 540 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been secured, distribution is not expected until May. Currently, priority is given to the elderly and frontline workers. Residents, including foreigners, will receive vouchers for the vaccine by mail.

Check the links below for the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation for foreigners living and traveling in Japan.

Traveling to Japan

Japan has enacted a travel ban and many major tourist attractions remain closed. Only foreigners with valid residence permits will be allowed to enter the country. Exceptions will be made for those participating in the Tokyo Olympics for preparation.

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For those living in Japan

The Japanese government announced a coronavirus relief fixed payment of ¥100,000 for all residents, including foreigners. As long as you have a valid residence card, you can apply for the stimulus payment and should be getting an application in the mail.

While many shops, restaurants, and gyms have opened back up, most continue to enforce social distancing and reduced hours. Large shopping areas like department stores may check customers’ temperatures before allowing them to enter and request that they wear a mask.

Protect yourself and others by avoiding riding trains during rush hour, wearing a mask, and washing your hands regularly.

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What to do if you need medical assistance

Please call the JNTO Multilingual Hotline at 050-3816-2787 in English, Japanese, or Korean in the event of emergencies related to the coronavirus. The hotline is available 24 hours a day.

Hotlines in various prefectures

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Medical Information Center Himawari (03-5285-8181). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Thai. For more assistance in Tokyo, click here.
  • Saitama Prefecture (048-833-3296). Languages: English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Nepalese.
  • Osaka Prefecture (06-6941-2297). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Thai, Indonesian, and Nepalese.
  • Kyoto Prefecture (075-343-9666). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Portuguese, and Spanish.
  • Hyogo Prefecture (078-382-2052). Languages: English, Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese.
  • Gunma Prefecture (027-289-8275). Languages: English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish.
  • Yamaguchi Prefecture (092-687-6639). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Nepali, Tagalog, Indonesian, Portuguese, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Malay, Burmese, and Khmer.
  • Hiroshima Prefecture (0120-783-806). Languages: English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Portuguese, Indonesian, Thai, Spanish, and Nepalese.
  • Shiga Prefecture (077-523-5646). Languages: English, Chinese, Portuguese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Nepalese, Korean, Spanish, Russian, and Hindi.
  • Wakayama Prefecture (073-435-5240). Languages: English, Chinese, and Tagalog.
  • Mie Prefecture (080-3300-8077). Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Indonesian, and Thai.
  • Gifu Prefecture (058-263-8066). Languages: English, Chinese, Portuguese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Nepalese, Korean, Spanish, Khmer, Myanmar, Malay, and Mongolian.
  • Kumamoto Prefecture (080-4275-4489). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish, Malay, French, Russian, German, Italian, Burmese, Khmer, and Mongolian.
  • Fukuoka Prefecture (092-286-9595). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Nepali, Tagalog, Indonesian, Portuguese, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Malay, Burmese, and Khmer.
  • Okinawa Prefecture (0570-050-235). Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Thai.
  • Hokkaido Prefecture (011-200-9595). Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Thai, Russian, Nepalese, Indonesian, and Burmese.

Check back here as we will update this page as the situation in Japan changes.