After nearly three years, Japan is finally fully reopening its borders for tourists beginning this fall. Since the end of March 2020, the borders into Japan have been some of the strictest in the world. While the rules have eased significantly for those residing in Japan, those rules for tourism have been nothing but confusing.
That confusion ends on October 11 when Japan resumes visa-free travel. If you’re from a country exempt from applying for a tourist visa before the pandemic, you no longer have to book a trip to Japan with a tour agency. The daily limit of 50,000 arrivals per day into Japan is also going away.
Requirements to Enter Japan from October 11
To enter Japan on a tourist visa, you’ll need to provide either proof of 3 COVID-19 vaccination shots or a negative PCR test 72 hours before your flight into Japan.
The ease of tourist restrictions is excellent news for those who rely on the tourism industry. It’s also exciting news for those waiting for easier access to Japan without jumping through bureaucratic hoops.
You can restart Japan travel plans with confidence that it’ll happen. It’s terrific news, and we cannot wait to welcome everyone back to Japan after a long time.
Refer to your local Japanese embassy and the MOFA Japan website for the most updated information regarding visas into Japan.
The article was updated on September 26, 2022, with the latest information.
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