Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Japan currently has an entry ban, meaning no foreign nationals are allowed to enter the country.
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May 2020: Japan Entry Ban Still In Place
Generally Japan is considered one of the safest counties in the world in which to travel.
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic it’s not currently possible to visit Japan as a tourist.
Japan has imposed an entry ban and suspended visas for all foreign nationals. See this page on Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more details.
Once Japan begins to allow foreign nationals to enter Japan, we’ll update this page.
No one is quite sure what Japan travel and tourism will look like at the moment, so we will also continue to update on how feasible and how safe it is to visit Japan as a tourist in the future as the situation changes.
Japan’s cultural and natural treasures have survived thousands of years – they will still be waiting for you when it’s safe to travel to Japan again.
While we wait for better times to come, please stay safe and take care.
Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Kyoto guide
- Check Kyoto accommodation availability on Booking.com - usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too.
- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Kyoto
- See my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
- Buy a data-only SIM card online for collection when you arrive at Kansai International Airport (for Osaka and Kyoto) or Tokyo's Narita Airport. Or rent an unlimited data pocket wifi router.
- Compare Japan flight prices and timings to find the best deals
- If you're visiting more than one city, save a ton of money with a Japan Rail Pass - here's my explanation of why it's worth it
- A prepaid Icoca card makes travelling around Kyoto easy - here's how.
- Get travel insurance for Japan - we recommend World Nomads (and here's why)