November 28, 2021

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

The Olympics have officially started, 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 its travel restrictions, with more than 150 countries on its no-go list, meaning many people cannot travel to the country to attend the sporting event.

Read more: When will the US lift its travel ban from UK and Europe and open the borders?

You cannot fly to the Olympics from Tokyo or anywhere in Japan unless you have “exceptional circumstances” so you will have to stick to watching the Games on TV.

If entering the country, all persons entering Japan are currently required to provide written proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the departure time of their flight.

Japan is on the Orange List to enter England, so if you do manage to get out you must self-isolate for ten days, or five if you “test to release” upon your return to the UK. You will not have to quarantine yourself if you are doubly vaccinated.

Berkshire has produced incredible Team GB athletes who the whole county will support, and the team’s first rowing mom, 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 – it might be an effort to make before the Games are over.


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