That is the big question and nobody seems to have a definitive answer. The government is remaining tight lipped on the border status and has not set an
To give you an idea of the present situation, Covid rates are high at the moment as we are in the midst of the 7th Wave. In the past, the government has imposed a ‘State of Emergency’
during previous waves and asked people not to travel. The 7th Wave has been different. The country has just had their summer holidays and Japanese made the most of unrestricted travel since the
pandemic began. Festivals that had been on hiatus for the last few years were now being held again.
The 7th Wave has placed a burden on the health system, with some regions reporting available beds in hospitals for Covid patients were reaching the limit. Covid is classified as
an infectious disease and it is mostly only public hospitals that can manage this level of virus. With this in mind, it is difficult to see the government opening the borders fully at the
moment, but we are hopeful that this will change after the present wave and at least before this coming winter.
Japanese health experts have been urging the government to reclassify Covid to the equivalent level of the seasonal flu. This in turn would ease the burden on public hospitals and prevent the
healthcare system from being overwhelmed, opening up more hospitals and even general clinics to treat Covid patients.
Reclassifying Covid would have wider developments socially and economically, signaling to the Japanese people that life is returning to normal. This would hopefully initiate the government to
then take further steps of opening up the country to general tourism, thereby easing some of the burden on an economy that has languished the past few years.