My wife and I are moving to Tokyo, Japan towards the end of March 2020, from Europe. We have our new jobs lined up, we've handed in our notice on our jobs and apartment, and have a temporary place to stay when we arrive.

But with the coronavirus outbreak and the response to it stepping up, should we be worried about our flight being cancelled, or some other potential problem that would affect our move? We are around 40 and relatively fit, so it's probably not the end of the world if we catch the virus, but it would be a huge problem if we were stuck here with no place to live, due to travel restrictions.

Obviously I'm not asking what will happen in the future. What I want to know is, in the case that a pandemic is declared, is it possible that travel to Japan from Europe would become difficult or impossible?

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    @Phenemenon Which area of Japan? Have you contacted your new employer(s)? Or this hotline www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200226_37? – Traveller Feb 28 at 16:28
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    This would be hard for us to answer as we don't know what the future holds, which means that any answer would be purely opinion based. – Uciebila Feb 28 at 16:30
  • @traveller it's in Tokyo – Phenomenom Feb 28 at 16:35
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    But @Phenomenon, it's not a question of the "culture" of this site. It's just that your question is impossible to answer. (Well, OK, not impossible: I can tell you that it is conceivable that travel to Japan will become difficult or impossible -- the various governments do have it in their power to ban travel in either direction. But perhaps what you really need to know is: What are the chances of that? Nobody can tell you, not even the Japanese government at this time.) In your position, I would proceed on the assumption that you will be allowed to travel. But that's just me. – TonyK Feb 28 at 17:14
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    @Phenomenon I think the only thing you can do is monitor the travel advice information published by the government in the country where you reside, plus your airline(s)’s website, plus the IATA travel news site iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/… I’d also expect your new employer to be advising you in this situation. – Traveller Feb 28 at 17:51

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