Japan closed its borders for much of the Covid-19 pandemic nevertheless it recently modified its travel restriction. The country is currently only open to foreign tourists on guided tours, meaning independent travellers cannot yet holiday there.
The east Asian country – famous for natural sights equivalent to Mount Fuji and Tokyo’s cherry blossom – was ranked the primary tourist destination on this planet in May. It beat France, Spain and the US to the highest spot on the World Economic Forum’s latest travel index, despite its borders being closed to visitors for much of the past two years.
Health authorities have been more cautious than most in relaxing travel restrictions for the reason that coronavirus pandemic. Cases have been rising in Japan for the past month, with the reproduction (R) rate at 1.80 as of July 15.
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What are Japan’s entry requirements?
Japan relaxed its entry requirements on June 10. Foreign nationals can apply for a visa if their visit falls into any considered one of the next categories:
- Short-term stay (lower than three months) for purposes including business and employment
- Short-term stay for tourism (guided tours only) *NEW*
- Long-term stay
All arrivals must provide a negative Covid-19 test result taken inside 72 hours before their flight departure time. Immigration officials also require arrivals to submit a web-based health questionnaire and download the MySOS contact tracing app.
The UK is amongst Japan’s “blue list” countries, meaning travellers should not required to check or quarantine on arrival. That is no matter vaccination status.
While within the country, people on guided tours are asked to wear face coverings and buy medical insurance, reports travel magazine TimeOut. Those that fail to comply may not have the ability to participate within the tours.
More information may be found on the UK Foreign Office website.