International Travelers Will Be Denied Entry to Japan For the Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee announced that international spectators will be refused entry into Japan for this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games and that all tickets sold overseas would be refunded.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), the Organizing Committee Tokyo 2020, and the Government of Japan made the decision during a recent virtual conference. 

“Currently, the COVID-19 situation in Japan and many other countries around the world is still very challenging and a number of variant strains have emerged, whilst international travel remains severely restricted globally,” said the joint statement of the parties. 

IOC chief Thomas Bach explained that the top priority of the organizers was safety in order to protect both participants and local residents from the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Japanese government had already announced that holding the games would be unfeasible and that the rise of new strains abroad is a big risk factor. 

The games gave been postponed since March 2020 due to the pandemic while the planned resumption this year would be from July 23 to August 8  while the Paralympics would be from August 24 to September 5.

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