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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update

 

1400 JST - Wednesday, 8 June 2022

The latest guidelines for the staged resumption of inbound travel to Japan have been released. From Friday, 10 June 2022, only participants on package tours will be permitted to apply for a tourist visa to enter Japan. 

The most important points are as follows:

- Entry to Japan for tourism purposes will be restricted to those who have only been in the 98 countries in Japan's "Group Blue" in the 14 days prior to visiting Japan. They must also provide a certificate showing a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours of departure for Japan. 

- Upon arrival, there is no requirement to take a further PCR test, nor to undergo quarantine.

- Tour participants must be accompanied by a guide from arrival in Japan until departure from Japan i.e. from arrival airport to departure airport. This means that under these guidelines, self-guided tours for non-Japan residents are not possible. Anyone who wishes to join a tour must ensure that their international flights fit closely with the tour start and end dates.

We will be delighted to welcome customers on private tours during the summer months. Please contact us to discuss possibilities. 

Walk Japan's affiliate The Japan Travel Company (JTC) is a Japanese-registered and licensed travel company. Through JTC we are able to provide Walk Japan customers who have completed our online manifest form with the "certificate for completion of Registration to the ERFS system" and the itinerary details necessary for a visa application. Please note that the Japanese Government typically requires that customers apply for their own visas themselves at their local embassy or consulate, and that we cannot do this on anyone's behalf.

We anticipate further relaxation of the guidelines sooner rather than later, and in time for our tours in September. We will provide updates as and when new information is forthcoming.

 

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Revised booking conditions


To help reduce any worries surrounding Covid-19 and make it easier to book tours with us we have temporarily revised our booking conditions.

We have relaxed conditions 13 and 14 to offer more flexibility when cancelling a tour booking and to make it easier to transfer to another tour.


For further details please see the booking conditions or contact us. 

 

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1900 JST - Wednesday, 1 June 2022

 

Disclaimer:

The following information is drawn from official Japanese government announcements, informal government sources, Japanese media reports, and testing the visa system with enquiries ourselves. Government policy formulation is seemingly ongoing and the following information should not be relied upon. In all circumstances, please confirm with the appropriate Japanese authority.

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We  currently understand that all people wishing to travel to Japan for tourism purposes after Friday, 10 June 2022 will require a visa until further notice. Walk Japan's affiliate The Japan Travel Company (JTC) is a Japanese-registered and licensed travel company. Through JTC we are able to provide Walk Japan customers who have completed our online manifest form with the "certificate for completion of Registration to the ERFS system" and the itinerary details necessary for a visa application. Please note that the Japanese Government requires that customers apply for their own visas through their local embassy or consulate, and that we cannot do this on anyone else's behalf.

Once a visa is granted, customers will be able to enter Japan and join their Walk Japan tour. There are some further procedures necessary prior to departure, the most important of which is the submission of a certificate showing a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours of departure for Japan. However, arrival in Japan is now much more straightforward. For example, passengers who have only been in the 98 countries in Japan's "Group Blue" in the 14 days prior to visiting Japan will not have to take a PCR test on arrival, nor will they have to undergo quarantine.

The current information available suggests that most visitors will be granted a visa for a stay of up to 90 days, and no mention is made of pre or post-tour activities. We expect more comprehensive information to become available over the coming days and weeks, and we will update this notice accordingly.
 

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1600 JST - Friday, 27 May 2022

The Japanese government has announced that from Friday, 10 June 2022 entry to Japan for the purposes of tourism will be permitted subject to certain conditions. These conditions have yet to be made fully public but we are confident that soon customers will be able join our tours.

For further details please contact us.  We very much look forward to restarting our tours and welcoming you to Japan. 
 

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1600 JST - Monday, 2 May 2022

In response to the emergence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, Japan has imposed very strict entry requirements for travellers. While these have been relaxed for business travellers and students, it will still not be possible to travel to Japan for the purposes of tourism.

Walk Japan has currently cancelled all tours for non-residents scheduled to start on or before Monday, 4 July 2022. We continue to monitor the situation, and are hopeful that restrictions impeding leisure travel to Japan will not remain in place for too much longer. 

If you are resident in Japan and considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 6 June 2022.
 

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2200 JST - Monday, 21 March 2022

In response to the emergence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, Japan has imposed very strict entry requirements for travellers. While these have been relaxed for business travellers and students, it will still not be possible to travel to Japan for the purposes of tourism.

Walk Japan has currently cancelled all tours for non-residents scheduled to start on or before Monday, 6 June 2022. We continue to monitor the situation, and are hopeful that restrictions impeding leisure travel to Japan will not remain in place for too much longer. 

If you are resident in Japan and considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 2 May 2022.
 

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1900 JST - Monday, 7 February 2022

In response to the emergence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, Japan has imposed very strict entry requirements for travellers, and it is not currently possible to travel to Japan for the purposes of tourism.

Walk Japan has currently cancelled all tours for non-residents scheduled to start on or before Monday, 11 April 2022. We continue to monitor the situation, and are hopeful that restrictions impeding leisure travel to Japan will not remain in place for too much longer. 

If you are resident in Japan and considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 21 February 2022.
 

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1800 JST - Monday, 10 January 2022

In response to the emergence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, Japan has imposed very strict entry requirements for travellers, and it is not currently possible to travel to Japan for the purposes of tourism.

Walk Japan has currently cancelled all tours for non-residents scheduled to start on or before Monday, 21 March 2022. We continue to monitor the situation, and are hopeful that restrictions impeding leisure travel to Japan will not remain in place for too much longer. 

If you are resident in Japan and considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 7 February 2022.
 

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2300 JST - Monday, 6 December 2021

Following a short period of eased border controls, in response to the emergence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, Japan has now reverted to much stricter entry requirements. It is not currently possible to travel to Japan for the purposes of tourism.

We continue to monitor the situation, and are hopeful that restrictions impeding leisure travel to Japan will not remain in place for too much longer. We are accepting bookings for our Spring 2022 tours onwards, and of course if you are resident in Japan and considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 10 January 2022.
 

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1400 JST - Monday, 8 November 2021

On 5 November 2021, Japan announced that it will now allow foreign business travellers and students with appropriate visas to enter Japan, with a shortened period of quarantine for those fully vaccinated. However, it is still not possible to travel to Japan for the purposes of tourism.

We continue to monitor the situation, and are hopeful that current restrictions impeding leisure travel to Japan will not remain in place for too much longer. We are accepting bookings for our Spring 2022 tours onwards, and of course it you are resident in Japan and considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 6 December 2021.
 

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1700 JST - Monday, 13 September 2021

Ongoing Global Travel advisories issued by multiple national governments, together with continued restrictions on entry to Japan, unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan extends cancellations to all non-Japan residents booked on tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 3 January 2022. 

We apologise for the disappointment that this will cause, but in the current circumstances trust that we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team has already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options.

If you are resident in Japan and are considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 8 November 2021 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 3 January 2022

 

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2100 JST - Monday, 9 August 2021

Ongoing Global Travel advisories issued by multiple national governments, together with continued restrictions on entry to Japan, unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan extends cancellations to all non-Japan residents booked on tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 8 November 2021. 

We apologise for the disappointment that this will cause, but in the current circumstances trust that we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team has already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options.

If you are resident in Japan and are considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 13 September 2021 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 8 November 2021 

 

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2300 JST - Monday, 5 July 2021

Ongoing Global Travel advisories issued by multiple national governments, together with continued restrictions on entry to Japan, unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan extends cancellations to all non-Japan residents booked on tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 4 October 2021. 

We apologise for the disappointment that this will cause, but in the current circumstances trust that we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team has already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options.

If you are resident in Japan and are considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 9 August 2021 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 4 October 2021 

 

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2300 JST - Monday, 7 June 2021

Ongoing Global Travel advisories issued by multiple national governments, together with continued restrictions on entry to Japan, unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan extends cancellations to all non-Japan residents booked on tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 6 September 2021. 

We apologise for the disappointment that this will cause, but in the current circumstances trust that we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team has already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options.

If you are resident in Japan and are considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 5 July 2021 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 6 September 2021 

 

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2300 JST - Monday, 5 April 2021

Ongoing Global Travel advisories issued by multiple national governments, together with continued restrictions on entry to Japan, unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan extends cancellations to all non-Japan residents booked on tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 2 August 2021. 

We apologise for the disappointment that this will cause, but in the current circumstances trust that we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team has already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options.

If you are resident in Japan and are considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 7 June 2021 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 2 August 2021 

 

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1800 JST - Monday, 1 March 2021

Ongoing Global Travel advisories issued by multiple national governments, together with continued restrictions on entry to Japan, unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan extends cancellations to all non-Japan residents booked on tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 31 May 2021. 

We apologise for the disappointment that this will cause, but in the current circumstances trust that we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team has already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options.

If you are resident in Japan and are considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 5 April 2021 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 31 May 2021. 

 

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2000 JST - Monday, 1 February 2021

Ongoing Global Travel advisories issued by multiple national governments, together with continued restrictions on entry to Japan, unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan extends cancellations to all non-Japan residents booked on tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 3 May 2021. 

We apologise for the disappointment that this will cause, but in the current circumstances trust that we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team has already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options.

If you are resident in Japan and are considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 1 March 2021 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 3 May 2021. 

 

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1600 JST - Monday, 7 December 2020

Ongoing Global Travel advisories issued by multiple national governments, together with continued restrictions on entry to Japan, unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan extends cancellations to all non-Japan residents booked on tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 8 March 2021. 

We apologise for the disappointment that this will cause, but in the current circumstances trust that we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team has already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options.

If you are resident in Japan and are considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 1 February 2021 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 8 March 2021. 

 

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1230 JST - Monday, 7 September 2020

Ongoing Global Travel advisories issued by multiple national governments, together with continued restrictions on entry to Japan, unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan extends cancellations to all non-Japan residents booked on tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 4 January 2021. 

We apologise for the disappointment that this will cause, but in the current circumstances trust that we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team has already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options.

If you are resident in Japan and are considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 7 December 2020 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 4 January 2021. 

 

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1230 JST - Monday, 3 August 2020

 

Ongoing Global Travel advisories issued by multiple national governments, together with continued restrictions on entry to Japan, unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan extends cancellations to all non-Japan residents booked on tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 2 November 2020. 

We apologise for the disappointment that this will cause, but in the current circumstances trust that we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team has already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options.

If you are resident in Japan and are considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 7 September 2020 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 2 November 2020. 

 

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1230 JST - Monday, 6 July 2020

 

Ongoing Global Travel advisories issued by multiple national governments, together with continued restrictions on entry to Japan, unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan extends cancellations to all non-Japan residents booked on tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 28 September 2020. 

We apologise for the disappointment that this will cause, but in the current circumstances trust that we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team has already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options.

If you are resident in Japan and are considering joining us on tour, please contact us for more details.

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 3 August 2020 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 28 September 2020. 

 

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1330 JST - Monday, 8 June 2020

Ongoing Global Travel advisories issued by multiple national governments unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan extends cancellations to all non-Japan residents booked on tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 31 August 2020. 

We apologise for the disappointment that this will cause, but in the current circumstances trust that we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team has already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options.

If you are resident in Japan and are considering joining us on tour during the summer months, please contact us for more details.

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 6 July 2020 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 31 August, 2020. 

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1300 JST - Thursday, 7 May 2020

Ongoing Global Travel advisories issued by multiple national governments unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan extends cancellations to all tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 27 July 2020. 

We apologise for the disappointment that this will cause, but in the current circumstances trust that we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team has already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options. 

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 8 June 2020 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 27 July, 2020. 

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1100 JST - Monday, 13 April 2020

The ongoing Global Travel advisories issued by multiple national governments unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan extends cancellations to all tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 29 June 2020.

We apologise for the disappointment that this will cause, but in the current circumstances trust that we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team has already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options, and we ask for your patience as we do so.

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 4 May 2020 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 29 June, 2020.

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1600 JST - Monday, 23 March 2020

The recent Global Travel advisories issued by multiple national governments unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan cancels all tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 4 May 2020.

We deeply regret having to make this decision and apologise for the disappointment caused, but trust we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team has already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options, and we ask for your patience as we do so.

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 13 April 2020 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 4 May, 2020.

 

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1600 JST - Friday, 13 March 2020

The recent Global Travel advisories issued by the United States and Australian Governments unfortunately necessitate that Walk Japan cancels all tours scheduled to start on or before Monday, 13 April 2020.

We deeply regret having to make this decision and apologise for the disappointment caused, but trust we may have your understanding. Our Customer Service team have already started contacting all customers affected by these cancellations to discuss available options.

We continue to monitor the situation. Unless there is any further material change in the meantime, we will provide a further update on Monday, 23 March 2020 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after Monday, 13 April, 2020.

 

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1100 JST - Monday, 9 March 2020

 

As the most recent Japan travel advisories from the United States and Australian Governments remain in place, Walk Japan is now accepting penalty-free transfers to a later departure date for any of our customers booked to join one of our tours that is scheduled to start on or before Monday, 6 April 2020. A transfer, which is subject to availability and payment of any outstanding balance prior to the start date of the new tour chosen, will be valid for rebooking on departures starting on or before Wednesday, 30 June 2021.

Unless government advisories or other considerations otherwise preclude us from doing so, we will continue running all Walk Japan tours as scheduled, and therefore require a decision from customers regarding participation, transfer or cancellation, at least 15 calendar days prior to the tour start date. Please note that in the case of transfer, it is not necessary to immediately decide on a new tour date - a credit memo for funds already received will be placed on customer records for future use.

We have also temporarily amended our Booking Conditions as follows:

- Balance payments are due 15 calendar days (previously, one calendar month) before the Tour Start Date.

- Customer cancellations up to and including 15 calendar days (previously, one calendar month) before the Tour Start Date will incur a charge of 25% of the total invoice amount (the non-refundable deposit). 

All other Booking Conditions, including penalties for customer cancellations made 14 calendar days or less prior to the Tour Start Date, remain unchanged.

Unless there is any material change in the above travel advisories we will be extending both the transfer eligibility period and amended Booking Conditions every Tuesday for an additional seven days on a rolling basis. 

We continue to monitor the situation and will make updates accordingly.  In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to do so.

 

Customers from Singapore and Hong Kong

Due to heightened travel advisories from Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and increased restrictions placed by the Government of Japan on inbound travellers from Hong Kong, customers from both territories are advised to contact us to discuss options for transfer or cancellation.

 

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1100 JST - Monday, 2 March 2020

 

As the most recent Japan travel advisories from the United States and Australian Governments remain in place, Walk Japan is now accepting penalty-free transfers to a later departure date for any of our customers booked to join one of our tours that is scheduled to start on or before Monday, 30 March 2020. A transfer, which is subject to availability and payment of balance of funds, will be valid for departures starting on or before Wednesday, 30 June 2021.

Unless government advisories or other considerations otherwise preclude us from doing so, we will continue running all Walk Japan tours as scheduled, and therefore require a decision from customers regarding participation, transferral or cancellation, at least 15 calendar days prior to the tour start date. In the case of transferral, it is not necessary to immediately decide on a new tour date.

We have also temporarily amended our Booking Conditions as follows:

- Balance payments are due 15 calendar days (previously, one calendar month) before the Tour Start Date.

- Customer cancellations up to and including 15 calendar days (previously, one calendar month) before the Tour Start Date will incur a charge of 25% of the total invoice amount (the non-refundable deposit). 

All other Booking Conditions, including penalties for customer cancellations made 14 calendar days or less prior to the Tour Start Date, remain unchanged.

Unless there is any material change in the above travel advisories we will be extending both the transfer eligibility period and amended Booking Conditions every Tuesday for an additional seven days on a rolling basis. 

We continue to monitor the situation and will make updates accordingly.  In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to do so.
 

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1400 JST - Monday, 24 February 2020

 

Further to the most recent Japan travel advisories from the United States and Australian Governments, Walk Japan will now accept transfers to a later departure date for any of our customers booked to join one of our tours that is scheduled to start between Tuesday, 25 February and Monday, 23 March 2020. A transfer, which is subject to availability and payment of balance of funds, will be valid for departures starting on or before Wednesday, 30 June 2021.

Soon, we will directly contact all customers who are due to join our tours between Tuesday, 25 February and Monday, 23 March 2020. Please note that unless government advisories or other considerations otherwise preclude us from doing so, we will continue running all tours as scheduled. 

We continually monitor the situation and will make updates accordingly. Unless there is any material change we will be providing a further update on Monday, 2 March 2020 for customers scheduled to join tours starting after this period. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to do so.