Published on Monday, April 6, 2020

BA to suspend all flights to Japan

British Airways has announced that it will suspend all direct flights between Japan and the UK from Wednesday.

Japan has suspended its visa waiver system for anyone travelling on a British passport until at least the end of April 2020 and single and multiple entry visas have also been suspended.

Arrivals who have been to the UK, together with a number of other countries, in the last 14 days are currently unable to enter Japan, other than in exceptional circumstances. 

These measures also apply to most people who live in Japan but are temporarily out of the country. 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office said those who want to return to the UK soon should 'take account of the fast moving situation and plan accordingly'.

Passengers who have flights booked with BA after Wednesday April 8 are being advised to contact the airline urgently to make alternative arrangements to return home.

Direct flights from Japan to the UK are still being operated by Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.

There is also a limited number of indirect flights to the UK transiting via a third country, including with Qatar Airways and Air France.

"We advise you to contact your airline or travel agent to check availability and re-book your flight if necessary," said the FCO.

"A significant number of airlines have suspended flights, and airlines will continue to review their services in the coming days."

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