Travel Alert: Japan [ August 24, 2021]

Travel Alert

Japan is hosting the Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games) in Tokyo through September 5. Events will also take place in Shizuoka Prefecture. Although the government has banned most international arrivals due to COVID-19 concerns, tens of thousands of officials, journalists, and athletes from abroad are participating in the Games. Heightened security is almost certain at airports and other transport hubs in Tokyo. Localized transport disruptions are likely in the capital and near event venues in Shizuoka.


Authorities have intentionally kept security plans for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games classified, but thousands of police and private security officers have deployed in Tokyo during the event. The heaviest security personnel presence is likely inwards that comprise the Games’ Heritage and Tokyo Bay zones. Tight security, including roadblocks, is almost certain at event venues, hotels, tourist attractions, and main transport routes.

Crime levels in Japan are generally low, with petty crime the most prevalent threat to travelers. Petty criminals are also likely to operate around tourist sites, though most travelers to the Games will remain on restricted itineraries, reducing the danger.

Major protests are unlikely. However, small gatherings have occurred regularly in Tokyo against the Games due to fears the event could further spread COVID-19. Additional demonstrations are possible in the capital and other locations during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, though any protests that occur are unlikely to cause significant disruptions. Police may attempt to disperse any agitators.

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