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Japan international border news: Limited tourists allowed from 10th June (updated)


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Japan international border watch

17th May 2022

Small cautious first steps....

We have some encouraging news to report regarding Japan's international borders, which are still currently closed to tourists.

It appears that Japan will be accepting small-scale tours for (triple) vaccinated tourists from four countries as a trial from late May. Those countries are the United States, Australia, Thailand and Singapore.

During the trial phase, small groups will be accepted on fixed and controlled (accompanied) package tours. These tours will apparently be limited to areas where prefectural governments have agreed to accept them (and presumably monitor them). Unfortunately, we are hearing that there will not be changes to the current testing requirements for entering Japan - ie. submit a negative COVID test taken 72 hours before departure, test again on arrival.

Those things certainly won't appeal to many people, but it is a first step. And after such a long time without any indication of borders re-opening, it is good to hear that something is happening.

If this trial is seen as a success, hopefully we can look forward to further wider and less restrictive border openings sometime fairly soon. We're all looking forward to that!

(A word of caution: while it is definitely encouraging to see some movement at last, it's still probably best not to expect massive changes very quickly).

Anyway, we will keep this topic updated with any other major relevant and confirmed news.

 

 

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Update

27th May 2022

The Japanese PM yesterday announced that foreign tourists will be able to come to Japan "in stages" from 10th June. This comes after a few very small guided accompanied tours started in recent days.

It's important to note that it is still going to be guided tours only, for now.

The cap on daily entries is also going to be rising to 20,000 people from 1st June. That includes Japanese nationals and residents).

Naha and New Chitose airports are also going to be re-opening to accept flights from overseas.

So another cautious step. Hopefully those stages will subsequently come quick and fast!

 

 

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Update

10th June 2022

Today (theoretically) is the day when more foreigners are being allowed to enter Japan, though in reality it will probably be later this month before many start arriving.

As mentioned before, various restrictions are in place for visitors to Japan: everyone needs to be part of a package tour and be accompanied by guides, needs a visa, needs to buy medical insurance and also promise to wear masks in public places (including outside). And you'll need to have a negative covid test within 72 hours of arrival. There's also a daily cap of 20,000 people - that includes Japanese nationals and residents.

It's going to be interesting to see how many people will actually come with those restrictions in place. Still, it's another tentative step towards what we all want to happen --- much less restrictive tourism.

The latest quote from government officials regarding the prospect of that is "it will take some time before foreign visitors can come to Japan for free, individual tourism".

There's nearly half a year to go before the winter months are with us again. Surely that will be plenty of time for things to ease up and let some (hopefully lots) of you in!  Keeping our fingers crossed!

We will post any major related news here.

 

 

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We are getting an increasing number of emails regarding specific details about potential travel to Japan.

While we would like to help, unfortunately, we cannot. We are not in the travel business and do not take bookings for anyone or anything. And we need to spend our time doing what we specialise in --- our (this) website.

However, we recommend you direct questions to people providing such services, and you can find some of those on our site here:

https://www.snowjapan.com/listings

We wish everyone well with their planning. 

 

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