About a week back, you may have read something along the lines about Japan's plan to cover 50% of foreign travel expenses as to kinda give the tourism industry a little boost...
However, recently Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) came out with a public statement that its message was clearly misinterpreted.
“Please note that the "Go to Travel Campaign" under consideration by the Japanese government is to stimulate domestic travel demand within Japan after the COVID-19 pandemic and only cover a portion of domestic travel expenses.”
JNTO explained that the campaign under consideration would actually only apply to domestic tourism and Japanese citizens only.
As no effective vaccine for the COVID-19 virus has been determined for the time being, Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) had moved to tighten the border of the country -- by implementing an indefinite ban for tourists.
Of the 111 countries that are on Japan's "Banned Tourists List", sadly Malaysia is somewhere in there.
This applies to even foreigners in Malaysia -- even if you were in Malaysia for a layover in both KLIA and KLIA2.
In addition to that, visa exemption given to Malaysians by the Japanese government has also been revoked for now.
We heard that it'll be till the end of June 2020, but the possibility of renewing it in July onward would also be highly unlikely.
Any Japanese nationals or permanent residents wanting to return home to their country, they're required to serve the mandatory 2-week quarantine before being cleared to go home.
As for the rest of us (along with the other 110 countries) who are listed in the Ban List, kiss goodbye to visiting Japan anytime soon -- or at least for now, till a definite vaccine for the COVID-19 has been found.