International travel came to a halt earlier this year due to the global pandemic. Japan closed its borders over 6-months ago to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus. It wasn’t until this month that foreign residents were able to return to Japan.
This year was supposed to be a huge year for Japan and Tokyo with the Summer Olympic Games. The games are now pushed to July 23, 2021.
The big question for many has been when will Japan reopen its borders for tourists? Today, we finally have an answer.
Plans to Reopen Borders on Trial Basis in April 2021
The Japanese government has revealed plans for countermeasures set up for international tourists to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Once these measures are in place, then the plan is to open the borders on a trial basis in April 2021. This depends on the pandemic situation in Japan and overseas.
There are steps you’ll have to take if you’re travelling from overseas as a tourist:
- Download a health check app for 14 days while in Japan
- Provide a certificate before departing for Japan indicating you’ve tested negative for coronavirus
- Take another test for coronavirus upon arrival to Japan
- Buy private medical insurance in case you become infected while in Japan
There are also plans for a health consultation center for foreign tourists to help ease the burden on the Japanese health system.
What Does This All Mean?
Once the borders reopen, in order for you to travel to Japan as a tourist you’ll have to meet a specific set of requirements. Those exact requirements aren’t clear at the moment, so it’s hard to say how tough it’ll be to travel to Japan. it’s also not clear what “trial basis” means starting in the planned April 2021.
Until we know more, it’s best to hold off on making and solid plans at this point for 2021.
Things to Keep in Mind
While the trial basis is planned for April 2021, this could change at any moment.
We don’t know much more than what’s mentioned above. Things could change without notice, so it’s best to keep that in mind. If you do plan on booking flights, make sure to read the change and/or cancellation policy of the airlines in case you aren’t able to travel.
I’ll keep you updated as things change.