In a fantastic announcement this week, Japan has revealed its preparations to remove all Covid-related travel restrictions for international travellers over the course of the next few weeks.
Though it has been a slow process for Japan as one of the few countries left with Covid-related border restrictions in place, many in the tourism industry are thrilled to discover that Japan will remove all restrictions before the end of the year. Many have predicted a rise in demand for Japan once this change goes into place, with the country at the top of many travellers’ lists, Tokyo taking the spotlight.
According to reports, Japan authorities announced that its Covid-related border restrictions will be removed for all international travellers from Tuesday the 11th of October. The Japanese prime minister, Fumio Kishida, stated that restrictions will be eased progressively over the coming weeks. This includes the relaxing of visa travel and travel in groups.
The daily entry cap that was previously in place for travellers will be removed next month alongside the requirement for travellers to apply for tourist visas. This means that travellers from around the world will be able to enter Japan and receive a visa on arrival, as opposed to the currently in place requirement to apply pre-travel.
Travellers who have received their booster dose of the vaccine will not need to test pre-departure or on arrival, though unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers will still be required to give proof of a negative Covid test taken pre-departure once these new rules go into place (the details of the new restrictions will be updated on the Foreign Travel Advice page in the coming weeks).
Reports state that this removal of restrictions for Japan comes in an attempt to boost the tourism sector in the country. A great boost is anticipated in the Koyo autumn leaf season, with these restrictions being removed just in time for the season to begin.
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