Location: Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Date: August 1, 2020
State of COVID-19 in Okinawa
On July 31st at 1800, the Okinawan Prefectural Government declared a state of emergency for the prefecture from August 1st through August 15th and raised the prefectural COVID-19 warning level from II to III. The Governor requested that residents avoid going out for non-essential purposes and refrain from traveling to mainland Japan. Residents are also asked to minimize travel to the prefectural outer islands. Restaurants and bars are requested to shorten their operating hours. The Prefectural Government has asked that event organizers cancel, postpone, or downsize planned events through August 15th. The declaration asks that travelers coming to Okinawa from mainland Japan carefully consider whether they should travel.
U.S. citizens in Okinawa are strongly urged to comply with all guidelines issued by central and local government authorities, and to monitor carefully local media for updates on infection rates and mitigation efforts in their area.
Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel: The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
CDC Travel Notice for Japan: On March 21, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 Warning (Avoid Nonessential Travel) for COVID-19 in Japan.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Japan.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s websiteon the latest travel restrictions to the United States
- Visit the Department of State’s Japan Country Information
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
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