November 10, 2021
November 10, 2021
We’re feeling optimistic about Japan opening up before the spring next year.
Japan reached its goal of fully vaccinating over 70% of the population by the end of October 2021. As of today, 78.5% have received their first dose and 74.5% are fully vaccinated. Booster shots are expected to begin in December.
The state of emergency was finally lifted on October 1, and the number of cases in Japan is the lowest it’s been all year.
The borders squeaked open on Monday, November 8 for the first time since January. International students and business travelers (with visas and sponsorship) are now allowed to enter Japan!
This is a pretty big first step toward opening up to tourism. We hope to hear an official announcement soon.
There has been some confusion over some of the recent announcements from Japan. Let us try to clear things up. Japan is not currently open to international tourism. The borders have been closed since April 2020.
Unless you are a Japanese citizen, a resident of Japan, or have a visa to enter Japan as a student or business traveler, then you cannot enter the country.
There hasn’t been an official announcement yet, but we anticipate any opening to international tourism will involve showing proof of vaccination.
With over 70% of the population vaccinated, Japan has recently placed a large emphasis on vaccination cards for domestic travel. Many restaurants, hotels, and events in Japan are now requiring proof of vaccination.
The people in Japan have been wearing masks long before the pandemic. It is currently recommended that everyone wear a face mask, and it is possible that this will continue well into the future.
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