Heathrow Airport: Rules and restrictions for travel to Japan, is it on the green list and can you go to the Tokyo Olympics?


The Olympics have officially begun, but it’s a year like never before, with hundreds of thousands of fans usually flocking to the host nation.

Of course, that won’t be possible this year due to international travel rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan has doubled down on travel restrictions, with more than 150 countries on its banned arrivals list, meaning many people cannot travel to the country to watch the sporting event.

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You can’t go to the Olympics in Tokyo or anywhere in Japan unless you have “exceptional circumstances”, so you’ll have to stick to watching the Games on TV.

If entering the country, all those entering Japan must presently provide written proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of their flight departure time.

Japan is on the orange list for entering England, so if you manage to get out you must self-isolate for ten days, or five if you are ‘testing to release’ on your return to the UK. You will not have to quarantine yourself if you are double vaccinated.

Berkshire has produced some incredible Team GB athletes who the whole county will support, and the first mum to row for the team, Helen Glover, also lives in Maidenhead.

For now though, if you want to make it to Tokyo, the only way is to become an Olympian – that might be a stretch before the Games are over.


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