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Posted: April 26

Kyotango Covid-19 News Update

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Due to the Covid-19 crisis there are many restrictions on travel, especially international, and some business are closed or operating on restricted hours. For those currently in Japan we ask you to continue showing restraint and follow the official advice on travel and gatherings.

April 25th State of Emergency

A state of emergency was announced on Friday April 23rd to start on Sunday April 25th and continue until Tuesday May 11th. The state of emergency will apply to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo prefectures.

In an attempt to get infection rates down the government has asked restaurants to close at 8:00pm and to stop serving alcohol. In addition large commercial venues, including department stores, shopping centres and movie theatres are being asked to close, except for areas selling daily essentials. People are being asked to refrain from going out, especially using public transport, for non-essential journeys.

Entering Japan

The rules for entering Japan vary depending on where you are traveling from. They are also subject to change. We recommend using the following webpages for accurate and up-to-date information:

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO): https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA): https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html

Quick Reference

From the start of the January 14th State of Emergency anyone entering Japan will be subject to enhanced testing and quarantining. This will be ongoing until further notice. Please see the above MOFA link for full details.

Foreign nationals who have been in one of 152 restricted countries/regions within 14 days of traveling to Japan are being denied access. If you are not from a blocked country but had a layover in one for refueling or transferring you will not be stopped from entering Japan so long as you did not enter the country (ie. passed through immigration there).

For a full list of countries being denied entry please use the JNTO or MOFA links above. The following countries are included on the list: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

Additionally foreign nationals travelling on a Chinese passport issued in Hubei, or Zhejiang provinces in China will be denied entry.

For further details on travel restrictions to Japan, including suspension of re-entry visas, please use the above links.

Stay Informed

Keep up-to-date with the latest covid-19 news in Japan NHK World News. Available in English, Chinese, Thai, and a variety of other languages.

NHK has recently launched a Multilingual Emergency Update site which will contain information on natural disasters and the ongoing pandemic.

JNTO Hotline

The Japan National Tourism Organization operates a 24 hour 365 days a year information and accident and emergency hotline. Including Covid-19 information. It is available in English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

From Japan 050-3816-2787

From Overseas +81-50-3816-2787

Kyotango’s Covid-19 Condition

Kyotango has had a number of cases of Covid-19, however, they have been hospitalized and their contacts have been/are being traced. Further details are available on the Kyotango City Homepage (an automatic translation tool is available on the top right). The Kyoto Prefecture Homepage (Japanese language only) has prefecture wide infection information.

Businesses and Points of Interest Closed due to Covid-19

The following businesses and points of interest are closed during the current state of emergency, due to end on May 11th. Businesses not listed may also be closed so it is advisable to contact them first to make sure they are open.

Businesses and Points of Interest with Restricted Access due to Covid-19

The following businesses are still operating but with restricted hours and customer numbers. Businesses may change details without prior notification. Businesses not listed may also have reduced hours or capacity.

Business and Points of Interest that have Re-opened with no Operating Hour Restrictions

When businesses resume normal operations they will be listed here.

Covid-19 Etiquette

Please make sure you are wearing a mask when in public, make use of the disinfectant sprays being offered at many buildings’ entrances and keep practicing social distancing by maintaining a 2 meter distance from those not in your household.

Beach Guidelines

The following file contains guidelines for using the beaches of Kyotango. Please make sure you take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.