Can I Travel to Japan Now?
Business travelers, students, family members of residents, and tourists registered on a package tour who have a valid visa are allowed to enter Japan.
In order to enter Japan as a tourist, you need to join a strictly monitored package tour from a large Japanese travel agency, and apply for a visa before your trip. Once in Japan, you must be accompanied by the tour guide at all times. Tourists are not permitted to roam or explore on their own.
There is currently a daily cap of 20,000 people, which may be increased to 30,000 in July.
Regular, independent tourists are still not allowed to enter Japan. Unless you have a valid visa, you cannot enter the country.
Will I Have to Quarantine?
Japan has created a color coded classification system for entry eligibility. Travelers arriving from Blue countries do not need to quarantine or take an on-arrival PCR test. Blue countries include the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, most of the European Union, and dozens more countries.
Visitors from countries in the Yellow category do not need to quarantine or take an on-arrival PCR test if they are triple vaccinated. Visitors from Red countries must take a PCR test on arrival and quarantine for 3 days.
Will I Have to Be Vaccinated to Enter Japan?
Countries in the Blue category do not need to show proof of vaccination. Countries in the Yellow category do not have to quarantine if they are triple vaccinated.
Approved vaccines include Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax, AstraZeneca, Janssen, and Bharat Biotech. Approved booster shots are Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax.
Do I Have to Take a PCR Test Before Arrival?
Yes, you must take a PCR test within 72 hours of departure.
Will I Have to Wear a Mask?
Yes, the Japanese government currently recommends that everyone wear a face mask indoors and outdoors. It is possible that this will continue well into the future.
What is the Vaccination Rate in Japan?
More than 81% of the population in Japan is fully vaccinated and over 58% have received a booster shot.
What Happens if my Tour is Canceled?
If the borders remain closed and we have to cancel your tour, then you will have the option to transfer your travel dates or receive a full refund.
As always, we strongly recommend that you get travel insurance in case you need to cancel for personal reasons.
Top Photo credit: ©Prime Minister’s Office of Japan