With all of this said, Ill present my revised best, worst, and base-case scenarios for Japans reopening to individual tourists, Lets start with the best-case scenario. Travel Daily - Informing, connecting and developing the worlds travel industry professionals. Copyright - Sarah & Tom Bricker, Travel Caffeine. It remains unknown when independent travelers will be able to enter the. 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All Rights Reserved. Thanks again for all the work you put into this. Demand vaccine certificates or PCR testing, and give people the freedom of movement. New Zealand is finally open for business. Japan fully reopened its borders to tourists on October 11, 2022. Japan finally opened its borders to tourists on Friday, but with strict rules. Tourism is a big industry in Tokyo, as well as in all Japan, so this is the time to greet more foreign tourists by using this advantage of the depreciation of the yen, she said. Kyodo, Nikkei, and NHK are reporting that this is to be determined, with government officials still deciding whether to proceed with this plan or start with lifting the daily arrival cap. Screen for heightened risk individual and entities globally to help uncover hidden risks in business relationships and human networks. Amid the weakening yen, inbound travelers will have greatest economic effectThere are many foreign visitors who want to come visit Japan. Kihara added that eliminating the arrival cap alone was not enough. Japan is open to travel. After a series of head fake border. Kiyomizu-dera Temple with cherries in full bloom: f11 photo / Shutterstock.com Situation Summary Japansreclassification of COVID-19 to Class 5 came after a panel of experts under the health ministry agreed on the plan earlier in the day. Travelers from most countries can now enter Japan without applying for a visa in advance. Human behavior and sentiment dont change overnight, even if its economically advantageous and objectively safer to do so. oh wow!! KONO Taro (@konotaromp) September 22, 2022 "Finally, Japan will reopen the border,". That also offers tips for avoiding crowds and strategy for visiting the best temples, shrines, and evening illuminations. On August 31, Kishida made an official announcement encompassing all of the rumored changes, including unguided tourists. Japan relaxed its border measures earlier in September while still being #1 in the world for new cases. This indicates that Japan is finally ready to move forward and sets the precedent for future changes during waves. Even just seeing the site suggestion come up, I could feel my heart reflexively sink into my chest in dread, as though it were already anticipating nothing today, either. Thank you so much for this free and respectful space for everyones opinions that has helped us get through these difficult years. The total of guests at hotels and inns was 315.75 million, down 4.8% from 2020 and 47% from 2019. In short, the early October reopening is not just our most optimistic viewits now what we expect to happen. Either way, thats something to continue keeping in mind. Please subscribe to our FREE email newsletterand stay tuned if you are curious about how things are on-the-ground for tourists in Japan post-reopening. Japan fully reopening in full is all but inevitable at this point. And thank you for providing this space for all of us. The yen has fallen to a 24-year low of 144 to the dollar, likely contributing to the sense of urgency in the aforementioned interviews. Be part of our community of seasoned travel and hospitality industry professionals from all over the world. Your updates were by far the best I could find on the internet and helped lots of us getting through this (dare I say; emotional) rollercoaster the past several years. This . Its thus our view that Japan reopening in some capacity to individual tourists in October is a very realistic scenario. Sign up here to get the latest news, updates and special offers delivered directly to your inbox. The short version is that it is possible to enter, regardless of whether youre vaccinated or unvaccinated, albeit with a testing requirement for the latter. Japan has announced it will lift tough Covid restrictions on foreign tourists, reopening the borders after two and a half years. In light of the border reopening, Qantas will at last fire up its much-delayed Sydney-Tokyo Haneda service from October 27, with flights from Brisbane also resuming on December 1 and Melbourne primed to join the duo from March 2023.. Qantas International CEO Andrew David says "forward bookings are tracking well, in particular for the upcoming Australian holiday period", which shows how . On Tuesday, the country. Thanks for the posts, Tom. obsolete information. The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, Wada Kouichi . Thank you Tom and to everyone for all the insights, info, and updates. It has been well over two years since coronavirus initially shut down global travel. |. Will be heading back again in a couple of weeks. South Korea eased its border controls on visitors from China early this month, which China welcomed. However, Japan is now joining the rest of the world as people are ready to move on with life. . . JNTO President SEINO Satoshi commented: The Japanese government has, at last, announced the resumption of individual travel for tourism purposes, visa waivers, and the elimination of the daily arrival cap. Thatll help you prepare for arrival, and potentially save time at the airport. Japan has maintained some of the strictest Think those will stick around for several months, or are simply theater to shift public opinion? Japan's borders finally reopened to independent travelers in October 2022, and visiting Japan now is virtually as easy as it was before the pandemic. Despite the aforementioned numbers, Japan is maintaining its goal of attracting 60 million foreign visitors by 2030. Regardless, its good to have this removed as it eliminates an element of uncertainty and could have been an issue during peak travel times for the Japanese. The big one for most of you is likely going to beJapan Face Mask Rules v. Reality in 2023. Though some things feel different, this nation Ive travelled for the last two months, ing and ing about the forty-seven prefectures as I once did in the 2010s, is certainly the same marvellous place that I fell in love with so long ago. The ban on tourists due to the outbreak of COVID-19 has been in effect since April 2020, and for a long time, there has been no clear timeline on when the borders of Japan would be reopening again for tourism. Was less crowded than when I was there before, especially at the airport. Obviously, the easing has to occur at some point and this lag will always play out, but the notion that this moves the needle for fall is misguided. This is where there is disagreement among the major outlets. Finally, there has been some good news about the state of the Japanese border closure for almost all tourists. They can be reached by phone from 10:00 to 17:00, Monday through Friday, at 0120-296-004. Given that none of the recent reports have even mentioned COVIDs status in regard to reopening, its possible our perspective was wrong. Would you consider visiting Japan later this year, or is international travel out of the question for you anytime soon? Do I need to do a pre-departure Covid test? so its confirmed Thanks so much Tom. Its borders were shut. Japan also began allowing unguided tours, meaning ones not accompanied by tour conductors. 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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced the news in September at a press conference. Any questions? 28 Feb 2023 0. In today's Face-to-Face interview, Professor Wolfgang Arlt, founder and CEO of the China Outbound . Here are all the details on visa-free travel, vaccination and Covid test requirements. May all our trips be everything we dreamt of and more. Its another symbolic measure, and coming at a time when an increasing number of international visitors have already moved on to other destinations and pent-up demand has begun fizzling out. Well keep watching the news and keep you posted if/when there are further developments about Japan reopening and allowing entry to travelers from the United States, Canada, Europe, and beyond. Recently, Japan reopened to limited numbers of fully vaccinated foreign business travelers and students, and raised its daily limit of these arrivals from 3500 to 5000. In terms of the latest news, the current vaccine and testing policies are likely to end on May 8, 2023. (It took a few more days for the guidelines to be released, and the clarifying FAQ isstillbeing updated. fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); Its entirely possible that Kishida sees this polling and his sagging approval numbers and realizes that its time to move forward. As countries across Asia reopen to international travelers, Japan one of the continent's most popular destinations remains firmly closed. This is the first step in our gradual easing of the [border] restrictions, Kishida has said. 2023 - Travel Daily. With this, the visa exemption would be reinstated, making that a non-issue. It is finally over. As COVID-19's Omicron variant surges around the world, advanced democracies are generally responding vigorously but with lower levels of restrictions on social life and travel than in 2020 and 2021. Of course, things could change between now and then, but its likely the border will revert to late 2019 status as of that date. At that time, it was unclear whether unguided tourists would be allowed to enter. First, after reopening to guided tour groups, Japan reopened to individual tourists on October 11 of last year. Speaking of which, check out ourJapan Fall Colors Forecast & Autumn Foliage Viewing Guideto get started on planning your trip to visit Japans popular fall foliage cities, including Kyoto, Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Himeji, and Nara. All of this in the hope for some clarity as to when the country will fully reopen and Japan will begin allowing international tourists to enter once again. Starting Tuesday October 11, Japan will drop its 50,000 entry cap and will allow independent tourists to visit Japan visa-free. If/when theres another winter resurgence in cases, the reopening can would effectively be kicked down the road for a few more months. Despite a sharp fall in the yen, just 120,400 visitors entered Japan in June, fewer than in May and April when borders were still closed, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. Thanks for all the updates and helpful info during this stressful and hard time, Tom!! first infection wave in spring 2020, and some closed again during subsequent waves; however, almost all of them are now open again.

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