Washington advises Americans not to travel to Japan, host of the Olympics

The U.S. advised U.S. nationals Monday not to travel to Japan, host of this summer’s Olympics, because of the risk of a new crown outbreak, AFP reported. “Please do not travel to Japan due to New Crown,” the U.S. State Department wrote. The U.S. State Department has raised its travel advisory to the highest level.

Reports indicate that for several weeks, the State Department has been updating its travel warnings to align its travel warnings with those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to better consider the risks associated with the new crown virus. As a result, more countries are now categorized as “do not go there” level 4.

But for Japan, the warning is especially important with only two months until the Olympic Games scheduled to take place in Tokyo from July 23 to Aug. 8. Especially since it is controversial whether to continue holding world-class sports competitions in Japan when parts of the country are under a state of emergency due to a fourth wave of the new crown outbreak.

The State Department did not immediately announce whether the travel warning decision would affect preparations for the Olympics and the participation of the U.S. delegation.

Washington said only that the new crown outbreak is “at a very high level in Japan” and that the restrictions “affect the entry of U.S. nationals” into the country.

The U.S. Embassy in Japan’s website notes that the possibility of Americans entering Japan is “very limited” at this time.

Travel for tourism purposes or short-term travel for most other reasons is not permitted,” the U.S. Embassy in Japan wrote. And there is no indication that this situation will change anytime soon. Visa-free travel is suspended.”