ASSITEJ is following the reports and recommendations of the relevant authorities in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

ASSITEJ is continuing the preparations for Congress in the expectation that it will go ahead, but is also planning for any contingencies.

We recommend purchasing refundable flight tickets.

Read the message from vice president Sue Giles addressing the situation.

Coronavirus in Japan

Japan has according to WHO (World Health Organisation) reported 514 cases (26 new) and 9 deaths as of 10 March 2020. 

We recommend you consult the travel guidelines related to the coronavirus from your national authority.

Japan is taking a proactive approach to limiting the spread of the virus by isolating known cases and also by closing the border to travellers from high-risk areas.

Can I enter Japan?

Foreign nationals who hold a Chinese passport issued by Hubei/Zhejiang Provinces or who have visited following countries or areas within 14 days of arrival in Japan will not be able to land in Japan except under special circumstances for the time being:

  • Hubei Provinces in China (effective from 0:00AM Feb 1 JST)
  • Zhejiang Provinces in China (effective from 0:00AM Feb 13 JST)
  • Daegu City/Cheongdo County in North Gyeongsang Province in Republic of Korea (effective from 0:00AM Feb 27 JST)
  • Gyeongsan/Andong/Yeongcheon City, Chilgok/Uiseong/Seongju/Gunwei County in North Gyeongsang Province in Republic of Korea (effective from 0:00AM Mar 7 JST)
  • Kom/Tehran/Gilan Provinces in Iran (effective from 0:00AM Mar 7 JST)
  • Alborz/Isfahan/Qazvin/Golestan/Semnan/Mazandaran/Markazi/Lorestan Provinces in Iran (effective from 0:00AM Mar 11 JST)
  • Veneto/Emilia-Romagna/Piedmont/Marche/Lombardy Provinces in Italy (effective from 0:00AM Mar 11 JST)
  • Republic of San Marino (effective from 0:00AM Mar 11 JST)




Below two measures will be effective from 0:00AM Mar 9 JST.
1. Foreign nationals arriving in Japan from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Republic of Korea will be asked to first stay at designated facilities for 14 days, and to avoid using any public transportation while staying at the designated facilities.
– By air: Arrival destinations for aircraft from mainland China and Republic of Korea will be limited to Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Osaka Kansai (KIX) international airports.
– By sea: Ship transportation of passengers from China and Republic of Korea will be suspended.

Please read more here: https://www.japan.travel/en/news/coronavirus/


WHO recommendations for international traffic

The official WHO recommendations for international travellers can be found on the website of WHO.


Q&A on travelling during the coronavirus (COVID-2019) outbreak from WHO: