Japan: travel guide
Skiing in Europe and Asia is having a mixed fortune this winter. While some countries, such as France, are beginning to relax measures to allow skiers (in this case British skiers) to travel to their slopes, Japan is still closed to all foreign tourists and the resorts, which basically live off them, are having a very hard time.
After a dry start to the season, Japan’s famous powder snow, known as “japow”, is now in full splendor thanks to two low pressure systems, one in the Sea of Japan and the other near Hokkaido, which are bringing heavy snowfall to the north of the country, Hokuriku and the central Tokai region.
In France, on the other hand, bookings in ski resorts are soaring following the announcement of less stringent restrictions for vaccinated Britons. They will be able to travel to France without a 48-hour isolation period and with a simple PCR or antigen negative test of less than 24 hours.
In Austria, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, British tourists with a full vaccination schedule are allowed to enter. Eurostar has announced that it will welcome more passengers on its trains in the coming weeks.
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In the current context, Mexicans are advised to take the necessary preventive measures in case of international travel, as well as to have medical insurance during their stay abroad.
If you are abroad and present symptoms of respiratory illness, contact the health authorities of the place where you are. If you need information or assistance, contact the appropriate Mexican Embassy or Consulate.
Mexico has not adopted restrictions for the entry and return of Mexican nationals from other countries by air. Personnel from the Ministry of Health are at the points of entry to the country to attend to persons presenting symptoms associated with the coronavirus and to take the corresponding measures.
Mistakes when traveling to Japan for the first time
Currently, the country’s health authorities ask all people coming from abroad to remain isolated in their homes or accommodation facilities for at least 14 days, as reported by NHK radio and television.
Thus, the Japanese government may now decide to reduce this period to ten days, arguing that it is necessary for social and economic activities to return to normal as the vaccination process progresses worldwide.
However, only people who have been inoculated with Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca doses will be able to benefit from this measure, and they will have to present a certificate of vaccination issued by Japan, the United States or the European Union.
The country closed its borders shortly after the appearance of the virus and only Japanese citizens, residents and non-residents who are considered as exceptional humanitarian cases can enter the country. Those who can do so must undergo a 14-day quarantine (the first 3 days in an established place) and undergo several PCRs. Those coming from certain countries considered higher risk have different quarantine requirements.
Although the country overcame the wave caused by Delta and in December the contagions were few, now we must be vigilant again because of the appearance of Omicron. They are rising exponentially again. Therefore, the government is getting ready to apply third doses and is going to review its restrictions and border policy.
Although in Japan there is no risk of contracting diseases common in other Asian countries (dengue fever, chikungunya, cholera…), none of us are free from the possibility of, for example, spraining an ankle or getting a lumbar puncture while sightseeing. You might even be unlucky enough to have an appendicitis operation or other accidents that we never know when they will happen. Unfortunately, in Japan this could cost you thousands of euros and ruin your trip. Thanks to IATI Estrella you will be protected against this, you will not have to advance money or pay excess and, in addition, we will be there for you 24 hours a day and we will attend you in your language. Among the most important coverages of this policy are: