The US State Department has issued a ‘Do Not Travel’ warning to its citizens against traveling to Japan due to the coronavirus situation in the country.
The USA raised its travel advisory level for Japan by one notch on Monday to the highest on its four-tier scale – ‘Level 4: Do Not Travel’ – which says, ‘Travelers should avoid all travel to Japan.’
And warned that, “Because of the current situation in Japan even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.”
The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee released a statement a short while ago, saying that the measure will not affect the participation of its athletes at the Games.
Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide is to make a decision on extending the coronavirus state of emergency for Tokyo at the end of the week.
Last week the British Olympic Association confirmed that Team GB athletes and support staff will be fully vaccinated before travelling to Tokyo, but most Team GB Olympians are still waiting for their first jab.
This late decision could cause some athletes problems with the reported recovery time after the second jab, with the time between the two jabs being cut to less than four weeks.
The first British sailing team members are reported to be heading to Tokyo in early June.
The UK Foreign travel advice website states:
New entry to Japan by foreign nationals from the majority of countries, including the UK, is currently not permitted and Japan’s visa waiver system for anyone travelling on a British passport remains suspended.
Japan is an Amber listed country.
To prevent new COVID variants from entering the UK, you should not travel to amber or red list countries.