... Japan's stock markets have been on the upswing over the last few months. It's just slower and some countries aren't accepting right now. We also plan on taking the vaccine when it is available. We appreciate your patience and understanding. That’s probably not going to apply to anyone reading this English language blog post, so let’s turn to what the future holds…. Elderly people will likely start getting inoculated in late March 2021, to be followed by people with underlying health conditions in April 2021. The health app and covid testing sound like solid ideas. Either way, we’ll keep watching the news and keep you posted if/when there are further developments about Japan reopening and allowing entry to travelers from the United States, Canada, Europe, and beyond! At the time, official spread was low (aside from the Diamond Princess), with some speculating that Japan had purposefully avoided testing in an effort to salvage the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It takes less than a week to the USA and under 10 days to the other countries. We have read that most Japanese plan to be vaccinated by April, and we are not concerned about mask compliance or sanitization measures in Japan. We do ship to most provinces by UPS which comes with excellent tracking, is fast, and very efficient. We are all hoping this situation clears up soon but for now we cannot ship to the USA. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. And even then I thought that might be over zealous but after reading this I’m a little more hopeful that we can go there at that time. The island nation, which is made up of over 1,000 islands, officially reopened to tourists of all nationalities on July 15. On January 2, 2021, Japan’s government announced that it will consider whether to declare another state of emergency. We have no control on any delays within the system. Required fields are marked *, https://www.travelcaffeine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/orange-sunset-himeji-castle-japan-bricker.jpg, https://www.travelcaffeine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/logo.jpg. Tourist destinations Hokkaido and Kyoto to remain closed We are hearing of some USA customers receiving goods two months after ordering. . It was difficult because we likely would’ve felt safer in Japan, but the uncertainty of being in a foreign country (and potentially being stranded there) outweighed that. We plan to take one of the vaccines in January and still considering which one. ... As you get closer to your re-open dates, communicate with your furloughs/lay-offs more frequently. It had over 400,000 employees and ran 24,700 post offices throughout Japan and … However, most major department stores will close from about 6PM on December 31st through January 1st and will re-open with regular business hours from January 2nd. All estimated shipping times due not apply during the Covid crisis. The latest update is not a slew of bad news, and updates that jeopardize the reopening plans discussed further down the post. What I know from my contacts is that there is no domestic constituency pushing for a reopening outside of the hospitality/travel industry. I hope that airlines lower fares to that end, otherwise they’re going to lose more money and business than they already have. By David McElhinney. At this point, the clock is ticking on the Tokyo Summer Olympics. We are planning a trip in Oct/Nov 2021. We estimate a 10-15 business day delivery. The Health Center will likely be established in Tokyo, which makes sense as both the capital and the host city for the Summer Olympics. Coronavirus has us frozen in place for the most part and dreaming of when we can start booking travel again. We are very hopeful that Japan will be open and safe. Your email address will not be published. We are seeing major delays in delivery to Canada via Japan Post/Canada Post and we appreciate your patience. We are looking to have this set up by the weekend! These extreme delays cannot be helped since Japan Post has a huge back-log of parcels and they can only load so many planes per week. In fact, every single year since 2013 has been a new record for inbound tourism to Japan. Foreign residents are allowed to reenter Japan, albeit with quarantine and testing requirements. A better option would be planning for fall foliage season in late November 2021–our favorite time of year in Japan! Does anyone have an idea of when will Japan Post resume shippings to the countries that figure as "all types of mail suspended" in their notice? Japan Post has re-opened shipping routes to two more countries: Italy and New Zealand. (Updated January 2, 2021.). There are a lot of factors that have to come together to make these sailings happen but one thing's for sure. In 7 years, that number more than quadrupled. US … Japan Post (日本郵政公社, Nippon Yūsei Kōsha) was a government-owned corporation in Japan that existed from 2003 to 2007, offering postal and package delivery services, banking services, and life insurance. GREAT NEWS FOR AUSTRALIA! Thanks for the update, Tom! Japan Post continues to experience delays in handling and we appreciate your continued patience while they get through the back-log of parcels. Welcome back! By David McElhinney. While Japan’s reopening has occurred in fits and starts thus far, we remain optimistic that a further acceleration will occur. Reopening Japan’s borders to foreign residents was step one of their phased process. The number of travelers to Japan has plunged in recent months, with visitors down 99.9% year over year in the last several months. Allowing extended stay business travelers and international students to return is a necessary prerequisite to bringing back tourists. ... 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