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Cruise Ships to Return to Japan for First Time Since Early Covid

  • Diamond Princess highlighted risks of infections on cruises
  • Japan reopened borders to overseas tourists in October
The Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, in 2020.
The Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, in 2020.Photographer: Toru Hanai/Bloomberg

Foreign cruise ships will be able to return to Japan for the first time since the early days of the pandemic in 2020, when the luxury, 13-deck Diamond Princess was quarantined in Yokohama with hundreds of people on board infected with Covid. 

Preparations including the drawing up of Covid guidelines by industry groups have been completed, Japan’s transport ministry said in a statement Tuesday. Cruise operators will need to discuss plans to enter ports with relevant authorities, it said.