Japan’s domestic travel recovery program ‘Go To Travel’ excludes Osaka and Sapporo, where COVID-19 cases increase again

The Japanese government has decided to suspend ‘Go To Travel,’ the Japan’s domestic travel recovery program for Osaka City and Sapporo City as destinations. According to the decision, new bookings using Go To Travel to both of the cities will be suspended by 24:00 on December 15 2020. 

Bookings by November 23 exempt cancellation fees if those are cancelled by December 3. To support travel agents, the government compensates 35% of the travel price (up to 14,000 JPY an overnight trip, up to 7,000 JPY a day trip), not actual loss, for a cancellation in the framework of the program budget. 

Following the tentative suspension of the program for travelers to both of the cities, the government decided on November 27 to call for residents in both of the cities to use the program to travel outside. 

The program is still qualified in Tokyo, although much more COVID-19 cases have been found. The Tokyo government, however, has decided to suspend its original travel campaign available inside Tokyo between November 28 and December 17. 

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