6 questions travelers need to ask before visiting Japan this year

Sasha Brady

Oct 5, 2022 • 5 min read

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Unrestricted international tourism is returning to Japan on October 11 © Getty Images

On October 11,  Japan will finally open its doors to independent travel following more than two years of some of the world’s toughest border restrictions. The country is also bringing back visa-free entry for visitors from more than 60 countries.

Does that mean it will be as easy to visit now as it was pre-pandemic? Sort of. There are still some pandemic-era rules in place, and you might find that locals are still taking many precautions against the virus compared to other nations. Yet at the same time, there’s much excitement on the ground about the return of international tourism, with Japan gearing up to welcome visitors back with exciting new attractions and events.

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1. Do I need to pack a mask?

Yes. Face masks have been a norm in Japan since before the pandemic. People often wear them year-round to protect their lungs from air pollution and to protect themselves and others from viruses, infections and allergens. While Japan has no official mask mandate in place, you’ll find that many businesses still require people to wear one indoors; you’ll also see people with a mask while on a bus, train or taxi, or in any sort of crowded indoor environment. They’re an everyday item for many, and it wouldn’t hurt to have one in your bag or pocket at all times. If you forget to pack one, it’s easy enough to find a surgical-style disposable face mask in airports and pharmacies all over Japan.

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2. Have I checked which entry rules apply to me?

Japan has a color-coded classification entry scheme for all countries, which will continue even after travel rules ease on October 11. The system sets out distinct rules depending on what country you’re entering Japan from. Travelers coming from a “blue” country – a list that currently includes the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, Mexico, Thailand and many EU nations – no longer have to quarantine and have the option to show proof of vaccination or negative test results before traveling. Travelers from “yellow” and “red” countries are subject to additional entry requirements, such as testing upon arrival and quarantine. You can view the complete list of countries and categories  here .

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3. Have I downloaded the MySOS app?

MySOS is a smartphone app (available for Android and iOS ) that’s used to record your vaccine and health information for entry into Japan. It should help you get through airport security checks more quickly by being a one-stop shop for all of your essential documents. If you’re traveling with kids, their relevant information can be stored in your MySOS app, too.

4. Do I need to apply for a visa?

Japan will reinstate visa-free travel on October 11 for travelers from more than 68 countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Singapore, Thailand and more . If a passport holder a country on the visa-waiver list, you won’t need a visa to travel to Japan if you’re staying for less than 90 days.

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5. Should I reserve restaurants and museums in advance?

Japan has some of the most sophisticated, creative and celebrated restaurants on the planet. And for many travelers, its cuisine is one of Japan's biggest draws. Getting a table at the top spots has always been a challenge in the capital  Tokyo  (whether it's  Kozue for seafood, Tamawarai for soba, or the two-star Michelin Den , you generally need to express your interest well before showing up), and in cities like  Kyoto  and Osaka  – but since the pandemic, most restaurants across the country require advance reservation, a rule that hasn’t gone away even as the government relaxes its response to the pandemic.

Museums also have new entry systems in place as well, and you’ll likely need to book your spot before showing up. Check the website of the museum you wish to visit ahead of your trip to secure your preferred date and time.

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6. What new attractions can I add to my Japan itinerary?

Theme Parks

It feels like there’s always something exciting brewing in Japan. While the pandemic may have paused momentum, it’s now full speed ahead for the opening of some much-anticipated new attractions. After the world's first Super Nintendo World opened in Osaka during the pandemic, the next big thing is  Ghibli Park , a theme park based on the works of animation legend Hayao Miyazaki set to open in Aichi Prefecture on November 1. Unlike traditional theme parks, you won’t find rides here: instead, you’ll walk through the dreamy, watercolor-style landscapes and architecture from Ghibli movies like My Neighbor Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle .

Earlier this year, Ishikawa’s New Prefectural Library opened, featuring 300,000 open stacks of books (and the capacity for two million). It’s quickly become a magnet for anyone who loves books, crafts, art and history, and anyone with even a passing interest in cutting-edge architecture. The building’s exterior resembles the pages of a book being turned, while inside you’ll find craftworks by Ishikawa’s master artisans.

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Now that borders are open you can visit a new UNESCO site in northern Japan, open since May 2021. The Jomon Prehistoric Sites  collectively form a Cultural Heritage Site, at which you’ll learn about the culture of the indigenous Jōmon people across 17 archaeological areas. 

Bullet Trains

Japan’s public transport system is among the best in the world, its jewel the high-tech, high-speed bullet-train network, which is continuously expanding. If you want to test a new route on your travels, the Nishi- Kyūshū line opened in September, taking passengers on a 41-mile journey between the famous hot spring town of Takeo Onsen in the northwest and the city of Nagasaki (gateway to the Gotō Islands) in just 23 minutes.

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If you’re in Tokyo, check out Okushibu,   the Japanese nickname for “Deep Shibuya.” This once well-kept secret within the shopping district of Shibuya  has now become a go-to zone for late-night cafe culture, as well as some really unique and creative restaurants. Okushibu runs parallel to the new rooftop Miyashita Park , and you can stay in the heart of the action when the new Trunk Hotel Yoyogi Park opens in 2023. Expect a rooftop infinity pool with views across the park – and the city.

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askST: What do I need to know about travelling to Japan now?

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SINGAPORE - Japan reopened its borders in June this year to leisure travellers on tour packages. On Wednesday, it eased more of its travel restrictions and will now allow foreign tourists to travel on non-guided tour packages .

The Straits Times explains the latest changes.

Q: Can I travel and plan my own trip to Japan?

A: Yes. Travellers can do so under a non-guided tour package offered by travel agents that are recognised by the Japanese authorities.

Under these non-guided tour packages, travellers must book their flights and accommodation in advance with these agents.

The agents must arrange round-trip tickets and accommodation for the traveller's stay in Japan. This means that travellers are not allowed to stay at a friend's or family member's home in Japan.

Travellers must remain contactable at all times through phone calls, e-mails and SMS.

Q: Can I book tickets to Japan on my own?

A: Yes, you can do so when going for guided package tours. But the Japan-based travel agency or travel service provider acting as the receiving organisation needs to be aware of your itinerary and monitor your movements from entry into Japan till departure.

With these tours, you can have free time in your itinerary. However, you need to meet your guide at least once a day.

Q: Do I still need a visa to enter Japan?

A: Yes. Visas remain mandatory for all travellers. Visas were not required for Singaporeans before the Covid-19 pandemic. Travellers from all countries must apply for a visa through the authorised travel agents.

It can take at least five working days to process these visas, according to the Japan Tourism Agency. Travel agents said it could take weeks for a visa application to be approved.

Q: Do I need to take a pre-departure polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test?

A: No. You need to take a PCR test only  if you have not received three jabs of an approved vaccine. Japan does not recognise Chinese-made vaccines.

Q: Do I need to submit a certificate of Covid-19 test before entering Japan?

A: No, you do not. You no longer need to submit a certificate of Covid-19 test conducted within 72 hours before you depart from Singapore to Japan if you have a valid vaccination certificate.

Q: Do I need to wear a mask in Japan?

A: It is advisable to wear a mask in Japan. The Japanese authorities have recommended that you wear a mask in certain situations. Examples include talking to someone outdoors within a 2m distance or when you cannot maintain a physical distance from others on a train. 

Q: Do I need to serve quarantine upon arriving in Japan?

A: The need for on-arrival Covid-19 tests and quarantine depends on which country or region you stayed in before entering Japan.

Japan allows entry from countries and regions where infection levels are low. These are divided into three categories - red, yellow and blue - depending on their assessed virus risk.

Travellers from countries and regions on the blue list, including Singapore, can enter Japan without taking any on-arrival Covid-19 tests or serving quarantine.

Q: What is the daily limit for all arrivals now?

A: The daily limit for all arrivals - including Japanese nationals, foreign residents and those entering on business and tourist visas - has been increased to 50,000 from 20,000 people previously.

*For the list of travel agencies listed under the Japan National Tourism Organisation Singapore office, visit this website.

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Japan to ease travel restrictions with new border rules from March

A Japan VTL is all we want

Pailin Boonlong

We’ve been longing for a Japan VTL forever. As travellers from Singapore, we’re not quite that lucky yet , but at least the Japanese government is now deliberating over border restrictions after the sixth Covid-19 wave that has hit the country. Will they be more lax? Well, when we reach Mar 1, Japan’s borders will still be closed to tourists – only foreign residents, business travellers, and international students will be allowed to enter. 

For those who can enter Japan, you would still need to prepare these certificates and documents:

  • A Covid-19 test certificate – within 72 hours of departure,
  • A signed copy of the Written Pledge,
  • And a completed questionnaire that’s administered by the Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare

As of now, Japan only recognises the Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines. From Mar 1 though, Johnson & Johnson will also be approved for arrival into Japan. The daily cap on the number of people entering the country will also be raised from the current 3,500 to 5,000 starting Mar 1. There will also no longer be a three-day isolation period from travellers who test negative for Covid-19, from countries like:

  • The Philippines

Unfortunately, for us Singaporeans, we are still subject to a three-day quarantine in a designated facility. This applies to 36 other countries and regions, which you can find more about here . 

Since we’re not yet able to travel freely to Japan, consider checking out how we can experience Japan while in Singapore and the best Japanese restaurants in Singapore .

Read more: Thailand will be easing Covid-19 testing rules for foreign visitors Singapore launches new VTLs with Hong Kong and other countries Vietnam lifts all Covid-19 restrictions on international flights from Feb 15

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It’s Official: Japan Reopening On Jun 10 To 98 Countries & Regions, Including S’pore. Here’s What You Need To Know About Travelling To Japan

Don’t rush to book flights to Japan until you’ve read till the end.

Jasmine Teo

After two long years, the first tourists just arrived in Japan earlier this week under a limited trial programme to restart tourism. And already the country announced yesterday (May 26) that it will further open up.

From June 10, tourists from even more countries, including Singapore, will be allowed to enter Japan for leisure travel with no vaccinations required.

Border restrictions will also ease from June 1 to allow for a new daily cap of arrivals of 20,000 per day, double from the current 10,000 people daily.

However, travellers can only enter Japan with scheduled tour groups (more on that later) and no individual travellers will be allowed.

As part of its reopening plan, Japan has classified countries into three groups: Group Blue for lowest risk countries (Singapore falls under this category), Group Yellow, and highest risk countries are under Group Red.

Singapore is in Group Blue, assessed by Japan as the lowest-risk group. Both vaccinated and unvaxxed travellers from this group can travel to Japan (under the prevailing conditions). They do not need to do an on-arrival PCR test or undergo quarantine.

Before you rush to book your Japan flights, hold up. There are certain conditions that all travellers, even those from Group Blue countries (yes, that’s us), have to adhere to.

#1: Travellers must be part of guided tour groups and be escorted by tour guides. These packaged tours must be sponsored by Japanese travel agencies and similar organisations responsible for taking in the visitors, Nikkei Asia reports. These groups will consist of a limited number of people. However, Japan has not specified any numbers, or if travellers or furnished further details. 

#2: No individual travellers will be allowed entry into Japan. Those solo #YOLO trips to Japan will have to wait, folks.

#3: International flights at more airports in Japan. Besides Tokyo’s Narita Airport, more international routes will resume at Hokkaido’s New Chitose Airport and Okinawa’s Naha Airport, so it's likely packaged tours will be allowed in these areas too.

What do the Blue, Yellow and Red classifications mean for travellers? Here's what we know so far, according to Japan media reports.

Group Blue: Singapore is one of the 98 countries that fall under this category, together with Thailand, Australia, US, UK and more. Travellers from these countries will not be required to be vaccinated, do not need to do any on-arrival PCR tests in Japan or go through any quarantine.

Group Yellow: There are about 100 countries in this tier, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Portugal. Unvaccinated travellers from Group Yellow countries will be required to do an on-arrival test in Japan, complete a seven-day home quarantine (or three-day home quarantine accompanied by a negative result of a voluntary Covid-19 test). Vaccinated travellers from these countries will be exempt from on-arrival tests, home quarantine and other measures.

Group Red: Travellers from the four Group Red countries — Albania, Fiji, Pakistan and Sierra Leone — will be required to do an on-arrival test and three-day quarantine in a government-designated facility. However, vaxxed travellers can do a seven-day home quarantine (or three-day home quarantine accompanied by a negative result of a voluntary test) instead.

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Japan COVID-19: Authorities lift mandatory testing and ease other border restrictions

Japan continues to lift more COVID-19 related restrictions in order to aid the ailing tourism industry. On 24 August 2022, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that tourists who have taken three shots of the vaccine need not go through mandatory testing before departure. 

As part of the trial project to ‘test tourism’ that began in May 2022, the Japanese government laid down a number of rules on 7 June, which tourists have to follow every time they enter the island nation. 

Here are more details for those visiting Japan 

Relaxation of rules and protocols.

Over the last two years, Japan had set some of the strictest border restrictions to prevent the spread of infection. However, as part of its trial tourism project, the government is allowing tourists to enter under several conditions. Besides allowing only a limited number of visitors and wearing masks at all times, the protocols also require them to be accompanied by designated tour guides at all times.

However, since such measures still couldn’t revive the tourism industry, Tokyo has taken a call to further relax these measures. From 7 September 2022, the country will lift the mandatory PCR test for those who have taken the booster vaccine dose. According to a report by The Washington Post , Japan will also increase the cap on the number of visitors entering daily which currently stands at 20,000. Although a new figure hasn’t been mentioned,  the headcount can go up to 50,000 as per Nikkei Asia . 

Addressing a press conference, PM Kishida also said that the country is considering lifting the need for travellers to come as part of tourist groups or be accompanied by a guide throughout. He said that these steps are being taken, “to enable smooth entry into Japan in a manner similar to other G-7 countries.”

Who can enter Japan?

Currently, only international students, business travellers and family members of Japanese citizens are allowed to enter the country.

Besides getting a COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure, everyone stepping in is required to register the test result with the government and procure a QR code for immigration.

Boost to Japan’s tourism sector

The country’s tourism industry has been requesting the government to relax border restrictions for attracting foreign visitors to take advantage of a weakened Yen, for a long time. According to the Nikkei Asia report, despite a daily headcount of 20,000, the Japan National Tourism Organisation said that only 140,000 people visited in the whole month of July. And, these figures come nowhere close to the pre-pandemic scenario. 

Before the pandemic, travellers’ footfall to the country had grown five times between 2011 and 2019. In 2019, the country saw a record foreign footfall of 32 million and forecasted the number to reach 40 million in 2020. 

As per a Bloomberg report, “Several tourism-related stocks gained on the news. Japan Airlines climbed as much as 4.5 percent, while Japan Airport Terminal surged 6.8 percent. Travel agency HIS, a sector bellwether, erased a morning loss and rose as much as 2.7 percent.”

( Main and feature image credit: David Edelstein/ @jlhopes/ Unsplash)

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U.S. Embassy Tokyo  1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420 Japan Telephone: 81-3-3224-5000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 81-3-3224-5000 Fax: 81-3-3224-5856 Our Navigator Assistant will guide you to the information you need.

U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe 2-11-5, Nishitenma, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8543, Japan Telephone: 81-6-6315-5900 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 81-3-3224-5000 Fax: 81-6-6315-5914 Our  Navigator Assistant  will guide you to the information you need.

U.S. Consulate General Naha 2-1-1 Toyama, Urasoe City, Okinawa, Japan Telephone: 81-98-876-4211 Emergency Telephone: 81-3-3224-5000 Fax: 81-98-876-4243 Our  Navigator Assistant  will guide you to the information you need.

U.S. Consulate General Sapporo Kita 1-jo Nishi 28-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821, Japan Telephone: 81-11-641-1115 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 81-11-641-1115 Fax: 81-11-643-1283 Our Navigator Assistant will guide you to the information you need. All assistance at the Consulate General Sapporo is by appointment only.

U.S. Consulate Fukuoka 5-26 Ohori 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0052, Japan Telephone: 81-92-751-9331 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 81-3-3224-5000 Fax: 81-92-713-9222 [email protected] Our Navigator Assistant will guide you to the information you need. Routine services are provided by appointment only.

U.S. Consulate Nagoya Nagoya International Center Bldg. 6th floor, 1-47-1 Nagono, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0001, Japan Telephone: 81-52-581-4501 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 81-3-3224-5000 Fax: 81-52-581-3190 Our Navigator Assistant will guide you to the information you need. Emergency services are provided by U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe. 

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Visit the  Embassy of Japan  website for the most current visa information.

There are no COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens.

Entry & Exit:

  • You must have a valid passport and an onward/return ticket for tourist/business "visa free" stays of up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for the entire time you are staying in Japan.
  • You cannot work on a 90-day "visa free" entry.
  • "Visa free" entry status may not be changed to another visa status without departing and then re-entering Japan with the appropriate visa, such as a spouse, work, or study visa.
  • Visit the Embassy of Japan website for the most current information on all visa categories.
  • Japanese immigration officers may deny you entry if you appear to have no visible means of support. 
  • All foreign nationals are required to provide fingerprint scans and to be photographed at the port of entry. Exceptions to this requirement include diplomatic and official visa holders, minors, and individuals covered under SOFA Article IX.2. For further information about landing procedures, please visit the  Immigration Bureau of Japan’s website . 
  • Make sure your passport is valid. Note you cannot travel on a passport you have previously declared as lost or stolen even if you subsequently locate it. Japanese authorities will likely deny you entry into Japan if you attempt to do so. If you have reported your passport lost or stolen, you must apply for a new passport before travel.

Transiting Japan: 

  • Ensure that your passport and visa are valid and up-to-date before you leave the United States. Passport services are not available at the airport.
  • Airlines in Japan may deny you boarding for transit if you do not have the required travel documents for an onward destination in another country or if your passport does not have six months of validity remaining. For the entry requirements of the country you are traveling to, visit the  State Department's Country Specific Information  website.

Military/SOFA Travelers:  While active-duty U.S. military personnel may enter Japan under the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with proper Department of Defense (DoD) identification and travel orders, all SOFA family members, civilian employees, and contractors must have valid passports to enter Japan. Please consult the  DOD Foreign Clearance Guide  before leaving the United States.

See  the Immigration Bureau of Japan’s website  for various immigration procedures.

HIV/AIDS Restrictions:  The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Japan. 

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For police services in Japan, dial 110. For fire or ambulance services, dial 119.

Crime:  Crime against U.S. citizens in Japan is generally low and usually involves personal disputes, theft, or vandalism. In addition:

  • Robberies committed after a victim has been drugged from a spiked drink can occur, especially in nightlife districts.
  • Sexual assaults are not often reported, but they do occur, and victims may be randomly targeted.  Victim's assistance resources or shelters are difficult for foreigners to access.
  • Hate-related violent crimes rarely occur, although some U.S. citizens have reported being the target of discrimination because of their nationality or their race.
  • Pick pocketing can occur in crowded shopping areas, on trains, and at airports.
  • Police reports must be filed before leaving Japan, as Japanese police will not accept reports filed from overseas. 
  • In instances involving credit card theft or fraud, Japanese police often provide a report number rather than a police report.  You can provide this report number to your credit card company to confirm the incident with the police.

Entertainment and Nightlife Districts in Tokyo: 

  • Exercise caution in all entertainment and nightlife districts throughout Japan, especially Roppongi, Kabuki-cho, Shibuya, and Ikebukuro. 
  • Incidents involving U.S. citizens in these areas include physical and sexual assaults, drug overdoses, theft of purses, wallets, cash and credit cards at bars or clubs, and drugs slipped into drinks. 
  • Drink spiking at bars and entertainment venues, especially in areas such as Roppongi and Kabuki-cho, near Shinjuku, has led to robbery, physical and sexual assaults, and credit card fraud.  Some victims regain consciousness in the bar or club; other victims may awaken on the street or other unfamiliar locations.
  • U.S. citizens have reported being threatened with gun or knife violence in such venues so that they will pay exorbitant bar tabs or withdraw money.  U.S. citizens have also reported being beaten when they have refused to pay or hand over money.
  • There have been reports of U.S. citizens being forcibly taken to ATMs and robbed, or made to withdraw funds after being unable to pay exorbitant bar tabs.
  • Please be aware that Roppongi, Kabuki-cho, and other entertainment and nightlife districts have also been the scenes of violence between criminal syndicates. 

See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information on scams. 

Police reports must be filed at the nearest police station prior to departure from Japan. The Japanese police cannot accept reports filed from overseas. Report crimes to the local police at 110 and contact the U.S. Embassy at 03-3224-5000 (011-81-3-3224-5000 from overseas).  Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

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  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
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Contacting Police, Fire and Ambulance Services:  You can reach the police throughout Japan by dialing 110. Fire and ambulance services can be contacted by dialing 119.  Note that English-speaking dispatchers may not be available. Please review advice on  “Calling for Help” on our  website . If you need assistance, you should be able to describe your address/location in Japanese or find someone who can do so, since few police officers speak English.

Domestic Violence:  Victim's assistance resources or battered women's shelters exist in major urban areas, but are difficult for foreigners to access. These types of resources are also generally unavailable in rural areas. Investigations of sexual assault crimes are often conducted without female police officers present, and police typically ask about the victim's sexual history and previous relationships.

Tourism:  The Victim's assistance resources or battered women's shelters exist in major urban areas, but are difficult for foreigners to access. These types of resources are also generally unavailable in rural areas. Investigations of sexual assault crimes are often conducted without female police officers present, and police typically ask about the victim's sexual history and previous relationships.

See our webpage for more  information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to Japanese law while you are in Japan. If you violate Japanese laws, even unknowingly, you may be arrested, imprisoned, or deported. If you are arrested in Japan,  even for a minor offense , you may be held in detention without bail for several months or more during the investigation and legal proceedings.

Some offences are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of Japanese law. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the  Department of Justice  website.

The vast majority of arrests of U.S. citizens in Japan are for drug-related offenses. Japanese authorities aggressively pursue drug smugglers and users, including recreational users with sophisticated detection equipment, "sniffing" dogs, blood tests, “stop and frisk” tactics, and other methods. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking a drug that is illegal in Japan are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and fines. Please note that some drugs which may be legal in certain jurisdictions outside of Japan, including marijuana and synthetic drugs, remain illegal in Japan. This also applies to certain prescription drugs that doctors in the United States may prescribe.  Japanese law makes no distinction between medical and recreational marijuana; therefore, having a prescription for medical marijuana will not help you avoid arrest or prosecution. Even possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal medical or recreational use can result in a long jail sentence and fine. Japanese customs officials carefully screen incoming packages, and individuals who are mailed drugs can be arrested and prosecuted as drug traffickers.   

Confiscation of Prescription Drugs and Other Medication:  It is important to note that some medications that are routinely prescribed in the United States, including Adderall and marijuana, are strictly prohibited in Japan. The Japanese government decides which medications may be imported legally into Japan. The Embassy and Consulates of Japan in the United States have limited information available and do not have a comprehensive list of specific medications or ingredients. Please see more  information on importing medicines  into Japan.

You must carry your U.S. passport or Japanese Residence Card (Zairyu Kado) with you at all times. In Japan, you may be taken in for questioning if you do not have your passport or Japanese residence card to show your identity and status in Japan (e.g., as a visitor, student, worker, or permanent resident).

It is illegal to work in Japan while in tourist or visa-waiver status. Overstaying your visa or working illegally may lead to fines of several thousands of dollars, and in some cases, re-entry bans as long as 10 years, or indefinitely for drug offenders. For additional information, please see  Japan’s Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act  and contact the  Japanese Embassy  or nearest Japanese Consulate in the United States for more information.

Driving under the influence of alcohol could also land you immediately in jail. The blood-alcohol limit in Japan is 0.03%. Punishments can be up to 10,000 USD in fines and up to five years in prison.

Possession of a gun or ammunition is a crime in Japan. Carrying a knife with a locking blade, or a folding blade that is longer than 5.5 cm (a little more than two inches), is illegal in Japan. U.S. citizens and U.S. military personnel have been arrested and detained for more than 10 days for carrying pocket knives that are legal in the United States but illegal in Japan. The possession of lock-picking tools is illegal in Japan.

Establishing a Business : Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.

A  list of English-speaking lawyers  located throughout Japan is available on our  website .

Arrest Notification : If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See the Department of State’s webpage  and the Embassy’s  website  for additional information.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also pay fines or have to give them up if you bring them back to the United States. See the U.S. Department of Justice’s website for more information .

Faith-Based Travelers:  See our following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report  – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report  – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTQI+ Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI+ events in Japan.

Laws governing rape, sexual commerce, and other activity involving sexual relations do not apply to same-sex sexual activity. This leads to lower penalties for perpetrators of same-sex rape and sexual assault and greater legal ambiguity surrounding same-sex prostitution.

See our  LGBTQI+ Travel Information  page and section 6 of our  Human Rights report  for further details.

Travelers with Disabilities:  The law in Japan prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities. Japanese disability laws require the public sector to provide reasonable accommodations and the private sector to make best efforts in employment, education, access to health care, or the provision of other services; however, there are no penalties for noncompliance. Social acceptance of persons with disabilities in public is not as prevalent as in the United States.

Although Japan’s accessibility laws mandate that new construction projects for public use include provisions for persons with disabilities, older buildings are not likely to have been retrofitted for accessibility. At major train stations, airports, and hotels, travelers with disabilities should encounter few accessibility problems. Note that many smaller stations are inaccessible to those who cannot climb stairs. Information on travel in Japan for travelers with disabilities is available at  Accessible Japan .

Travelers with disabilities can learn more about resources available in country from the Japan National Tourism Organization’s  traveling with a disability page .

Students:  See our  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

Conditions at Prisons and Detention Facilities:  Japanese prisons and detention facilities maintain internal order through a regime of very strict discipline.  U.S. citizen prisoners often complain of stark, austere living conditions and psychological isolation.  Heating in winter can be inadequate in some facilities, food portions can be significantly smaller than what many may be accustomed to, and access to specialized medical care, particularly mental health care, at detention facilities and prisons is sometimes limited. Additional  information on arrests in Japan  is available on our embassy website.

Customs Regulations:  Please contact the Japanese Embassy or nearest Japanese consulate in the United States, or  visit the Japanese Customs website  for specific information regarding import restrictions and customs requirements.

Japanese customs authorities encourage the use of an Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission (ATA) Carnet in order to temporarily import professional equipment, commercial samples, and/or goods for exhibitions and trade fairs into Japan.  For additional information, please call (212) 354-4480, or  email the U.S. CIB  for details.

Pets:  The Japanese  Animal Quarantine Service  (AQS) sets procedures for importing pets. At a minimum, the process will take seven to eight months, though the process can take up to a year before a pet may enter Japan. Advance planning is critical. You can find more information about  importing a pet into Japan  or information about  exporting a pet from Japan  on our  Embassy website.

Employment Issues:  U.S. citizens should not come to Japan to work without having the proper employment visa arranged ahead of time. Teaching English, even privately, and serving as hosts/hostesses are both considered "work" in Japan and are illegal without the proper visa.

Some U.S.-based employment agencies and Japanese employers do not fully or correctly represent the true nature of employment terms and conditions. A minimum requirement for effectively seeking the protection of Japanese labor law is a written and signed work contract. If there is no signed contract, Japanese authorities are not able to act on behalf of foreign workers. If you are coming to Japan to work, carefully review your contract and the history and reputation of your Japanese employer before traveling to Japan. Complaints against U.S.-based employment agencies or recruiters may be directed to the  Better Business Bureau  or the Office of the Attorney General in the relevant state(s).

Disaster Preparedness : Japan is prone to natural disasters, including earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis, and landslides. See the  Embassy’s  webpage for recommendations and steps you can take to prepare for an emergency. The Japan Tourism Organization’s  Safety Tips app  and  NHK World app  provide Japanese government emergency “J-Alerts” to your cell phone in English through push notifications. “J-Alerts” can provide early warning emergency alerts on earthquakes predicted in a specific area, sometimes seconds before an earthquake hits. 

Radiation: Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant : The Government of Japan continues to closely monitor the conditions at and around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. You should comply with all travel restrictions and cautions put into place by the Government of Japan for areas surrounding the plant. For more information, contact the  Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority .

For police service in Japan, dial 110. For fire or ambulance, dial 119.

Ambulance services are widely available but receiving hospitals may decline to accept inbound patients unless they can provide proof of funds to pay for services.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Travelers should contact Japanese local health providers to determine the location of testing facilities within Japan. A non-comprehensive list of some COVID-19 testing facilities can be found here on the Embassy website.

COVID-19 Vaccines:

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is available for U.S. citizens to receive in Japan.
  • Review the Government of Japan’s  English language website  on COVID-19 vaccinations in Japan.
  • Visit the FDA's website to  learn more about FDA-approved vaccines  in the United States. 

The Department of State does not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Some care providers in Japan only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

We strongly recommend  supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of  Japan’s Ministry of Health website to ensure the medication is legal in Japan; possession, use, or importation of a prescription drug that is illegal in Japan may result in arrest and criminal prosecution. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. U.S. prescriptions are not honored in Japan, so if you need ongoing prescription medicine, you should arrive with a sufficient supply for your stay in Japan or enough until you are able to see a local care provider.

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date on all  vaccinations recommended  by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)

Japan has a national health insurance system which is available only to those foreigners with long-term visas for Japan. National health insurance does not pay for medical evacuation. Medical caregivers in Japan may require payment in full at the time of treatment or concrete proof of ability to pay before they will treat a foreigner who is not a member of the national health insurance plan.

U.S.-style and standard psychological and psychiatric care can be difficult to locate outside of major urban centers in Japan and generally is not available outside of Japan's major cities. Extended psychiatric care can be very difficult to obtain.

Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety : Driving in Japan can be complicated and expensive. Traffic moves on the left side of the road. Those who cannot read the language will have trouble understanding road signs. Highway tolls can be very high, and city traffic is often very congested. A 20-mile trip in the Tokyo area may take two hours. There is virtually no legal roadside or curbside parking; however, traffic is commonly blocked or partially blocked by those illegally parked curbside. In mountainous areas, roads are often closed during the winter, and cars should be equipped with tire chains. Roads in Japan are much narrower than those in the United States.

Traffic Laws : Japanese law provides that all drivers in Japan are held liable in the event of an accident, and assesses fault in an accident on all parties. Japanese compulsory insurance (JCI) is mandatory for all automobile owners and drivers in Japan. Most short-term visitors choose not to drive in Japan. Turning right or left on red lights is not permitted in Japan, and all passengers are required to fasten their seat belts.

Japan has a national 0.03 percent blood-alcohol-level standard for driving, and drivers stopped for driving under the influence of intoxicants will have their licenses confiscated. If you are found guilty of driving under the influence, speeding, or blatantly careless driving resulting in injury, you are subject to up to 15 years in prison. 

See our  Road Safety page  for more information. The National Police Agency (NPA) oversees the administration and enforcement of traffic laws in Japan. You can find further information in English on the  NPA English website . Information about roadside assistance, rules of the road, and obtaining a Japanese driver's license is available in English from the  Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) web site . See  the Japan National Tourism Organization’s website for car rental and driving in Japan.

Emergency Assistance : For roadside assistance, please contact the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) at 03-5730-0111 in Tokyo, 072-645-0111 in Osaka, 011-857-8139 in Sapporo, 092-841-5000 in Fukuoka, or 098-877-9163 in Okinawa.

International Driving Permits (IDPs):  An international driving permit (IDP) issued in the United States by the American Automobile Association (AAA) or the American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA) is required of short-term visitors who drive in Japan. You must obtain an IDP issued in your country of residence prior to arriving in Japan. The U.S. Embassy andU.S. consulates do not issue IDPs. IDPs issued via the Internet and/or by other organizations are not valid in Japan. 

Foreign residents in Japan who use an IDP may be fined or arrested. In practice, the term “resident” involves more than simply visa status or length of stay in Japan and is determined by the police. In short, a driver license from country outside Japan is not a substitute for a valid Japanese license for foreign residents. See the U.S. Embassy’s  website  for more information on driving in Japan.

Aviation Safety Oversight : The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Japan’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Japan’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA's safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel : Mariners planning travel to Japan should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts  in the Alerts section of the Embassy’s messages. Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) broadcast warnings website portal  select “broadcast warnings.”

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divinda Mar. 27, 2022 07:27 am JST

From April 1, fully vaccinated adults and unvaccinated children will be allowed to enter the country without quarantining, as long as they take a pre-departure test, officials said.

This single restriction (along with the vaccination), as innocuous as it may seem, is a hefty hurdle for Japan.

Though not stated, Singapore requires a PCR within 48 hours of travel. Good luck getting that in Japan anywhere but Tokyo, and even then, good luck getting it for a Sunday or Monday (or maybe even Tuesday) flight.

And for this to still to be the requirement once Japan (someday) re-opens for foreign tourists, then good luck to all the foreign visitors while in Japan to figure out these pre-departure tests in order to go back to their home countries, since I'm sure all the clinics who don't yet even give these tests easily to Japanese citizens will also be doing service in multiple languages...

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Akula Mar. 27, 2022 04:43 pm JST

Sensible. Singapore has thrived due to being so connected to the rest of the world. Time for Japan to open up.

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Singapore changi airport nears 60 million passengers in 2023.

Singapore Changi Airport has closed out 2023 on a high and should reach 100% post-pandemic recovery early in 2024.

  • Singapore Changi Airport is on track to reach full recovery in 2024, after handling 58.9 million passengers in 2023, which is 86% of the pre-pandemic levels in 2019.
  • The fourth quarter of 2023 saw passenger traffic at Changi exceed 90% recovery, with December being the busiest month, handling 91% of the passenger volume compared to December 2019.
  • The growth in traffic is coming from regions like North America, Europe, South Asia, and the Southwest Pacific, with some regions surpassing pre-pandemic levels by more than 25%.

After an excellent fourth quarter, Singapore Changi Airport is poised to reach full recovery this year after handling 58.9 million passengers in 2023. For the full year, the airport reached 86% of the 68.3 million passengers that passed through its terminals in 2019 and, in the fourth quarter, was within single digits of full post-COVID recovery.

What the numbers tell us

For the fourth quarter from October to December 2023, passenger traffic at Singapore Changi Airport (Changi) exceeded 90% recovery with 16.1 million passenger movements compared to 17.8 million in 2019. December was the busiest month in 2023, with the airport handling 5.8 million travelers or 91% of December 2019. Changi Airport Group's Executive Vice president for Air Hub and Cargo development, Lim Ching Kiat, said:

"We step into 2024 hopeful of making a full recovery back to Changi Airport's pre-COVID connectivity and traffic levels. We will continue to work with our airline partners to bring exciting destinations and new travel experiences to travellers."

The year's busiest day was December 22, with 203,000 passengers passing through the airport on the Friday before Christmas. There were 30,400 aircraft movements in December compared to 25,400 in 2022 and 33,300 in December 2019. Looking at the full-year aircraft movements, there were 328,000 in 2023 compared to 219,000 in 2022, but there is ground to catch up to the 382,000 recorded in 2019.

This strong finish to the year should continue into early 2024, with traffic boosted by the Lunar New Year holidays and significant visiting friends and relatives (VFR) traffic throughout the Asian region. The most encouraging aspect is that recovery is happening most in some of Changi's most popular regions, such as North America, where passenger traffic exceeded 2019 by more than 25% in 2023.

Where the growth is coming from

In Europe, South Asia and the Southwest Pacific, traffic is registering more than 90% of pre-pandemic levels, mainly driven by the enthusiastic return of capacity by the Singapore Airlines Group and travelers from India and Australia. Traffic from Southeast Asia was another positive in 2023, with passenger numbers up by 72% compared to 2022.

All regions exhibited strong recovery in 2023, and with travel restrictions now a thing of the past in China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea, traffic from Northeast Asia grew more than four times that recorded in 2022, largely due to a surge between Singapore and China.

The five best-performing markets for the year were Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, and India, while China, Japan, and South Korea were the fastest growing compared to 2022. Airlines in all those markets were still adding capacity as the year ended, so plenty of upside will help propel Changi to full recovery in early 2024.

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The major Chinese carriers added significant capacity in the second half of 2023, pushing China back into Changi's Top 10, finishing the year at number six with four million passenger movements. Traffic between Japan and Singapore tripled year-on-year but could not match South Korea, which exceeded pre-pandemic levels by 36%, making it the strongest rebounding market compared to pre-COVID levels.

Last year, the busiest routes from Singapore Changi were to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Bali Denpasar and Manila, with the Singapore SIN - Kuala Lumpur KUL the world's busiest international route based on seat capacity.

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Please note this page is no longer being updated..

For the latest information on entry to Japan, please visit the following page:  COVID-19: Practical Information for Traveling to Japan

Information on the easing of travel restrictions to Japan (as of 11 November 2022)

*For passport holders from other countries, please see the links below for the Embassies and Consulates-General of Japan for more information.

PCR tests or quarantine on arrival are not required, regardless of vaccination status. For more information on the process and entry requirements, refer to the below image or visit  this page  to view the information in checklist form. 

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Au / nz government travel advisories , visit japan / jnto sites .

The  Coronavirus travel restrictions page  is a travel advisory updated regularly in line with the official information provided by the Government of Japan.

COVID-19: Practical Information for Traveling to Japan is an information page built to help travellers plan a safe trip around Japan.

See specific measures taken by Japanese organisations below.

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Airlines & Airports

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The ANA Care Promise set of health and safety initiatives has been awarded a 5-Star COVID-19 Safety Rating from SKYTRAX, the highest possible rating, and one that only a few airlines worldwide has achieved.

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The JAL FlySafe set of health and safety initiatives has been recognised by Skytrax with a 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating, along with a Diamond Certification by APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying.

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Haneda Airport’s webpage includes information on how to use airport facilities safely and measures to prevent the spread of infection, especially in regards to the 3 Cs: closed spaces, crowded spaces, close-contact settings.

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Narita Airport has implemented nine key initiatives to prevent the spread of infection including the installation of transparent barriers, ensuring optimum air ventilation and stringent cleaning practices.

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Kansai International Airport has a number initiatives in place to prevent the spread of infection including the use of thermographic cameras, increased cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and social distancing measures.

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Railway Companies

Japan has an expansive railway network that is owned and operated by many companies.  Japan Railways (JR) is the most well-known thanks to the popular  JR Pass  and high-speed shinkansen (bullet trains). Its vast and elaborate network can be a bit daunting to navigate at first - it's actually operated by six separate companies: JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku, JR Kyushu.

In particular, please note the popular Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen (Tokyo to Hakata) is run by both JR Central and JR West – JR Central operates the section from Tokyo to Osaka, and JR West operates the section from Osaka and Hakata. 

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JR Hokkaido services the northern island of Hokkaido and also operates the section of the shinkansen route between Shin-Aomori Station on Honshu and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in southern Hokkaido. Download the ‘Major actions on preventing the spread of novel coronavirus’ PDF from their website for more information.

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JR East services eastern Japan including the capital of Tokyo and the north-eastern region of Tohoku. It also operates the Hokuriku Shinkansen which stops at cities such as Nagano, Kanazawa and Niigata.

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JR Central services central Japan and operates the Tokaido Shinkansen, a popular route that runs between Tokyo and Osaka travels through major cities such as Yokohama, Nagoya and Kyoto. The ‘COVID-19 Protective Measures’ PDF is available to download from their website.

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JR West services western Japan, including well-known cities such as Nara, Osaka, Kyoto, Wakayama, Kobe and Hiroshima. It operates the Sanyo Shinkansen which runs from Shin-Osaka Station to Hakata Station in Fukuoka Prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu.

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Tobu services the area of Tokyo and surrounds, providing connections to popular destinations such as Nikko, Asakusa, Tokyo Skytree and Kawagoe. Information on the latest measures to prevent the spread of infection is available to download from their website.

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Kintetsu Railway services the areas of Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Ise-shima (Mie Prefecture) and Nagoya. As part of a number of measures implemented to prevent the spread of infection, Kintestsu has sprayed the interior of its train carriages with an antiviral and antibacterial treatment.

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Nankai Electric Railway services southern Osaka Prefecture and Wakayama Prefecture. It connects the southern hub of Namba to Kansai International Airport, Wakayama and Koyasan. Information on health and safety measures that have been implemented is available to download from their website.

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JR-West Hotels have implemented new 'Clean & Safety' hygiene standards, and have received the coveted Trusted Cleanliness Badge, a certificate issued by Trust You, one of the top class platforms in the hotel industry. (JR-West Hotels brands include Hotel Granvia, Hotel Vischio by Granvia, Nara Hotel and Potel.)

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Prince Hotels has developed the Prince Safety Commitment, a set of new protocols for hygiene and disinfection to be applied to all the hotels under their brands. These will enable Prince Hotels to provide guests with a safe and clean environment during their stay.

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Palace Hotel Tokyo has achieved the GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation and has become Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED™ with Forbes Travel Guide. These accreditations show Palace Hotel Tokyo is committed to implementing best practices and operating as safely as possible.

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Imperial Hotel Osaka has received GBAC STAR™ accreditation and is Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED™ with Forbes Travel Guide. These demonstrate the hotel meets international hygiene standards for infectious disease prevention measures and is committed to following best practices to ensure the safety and comfort of its guests.

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Destinations

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Miyazaki Prefecture Tourism Association has produced a video to introduce the safety measures taken by the Miyazaki Tourism Industry for the post-COVID-19 era.

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Attractions

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Read about the health and safety measures that are in place at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea as well as update on the status of rides, attractions, restaurants and other facilities at each theme park.

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  1. For Travelers

    From 11th October, tourists from all countries or regions can visit Japan with a valid vaccination certificate or a Covid-19 negative test certificate.

  2. Press Release

    Visa Information for Singapore; Japan Rail Pass of Singapore; About JNTO Singapore Office ; Enquiry Form; Notices. ... Updates on Easing of Travel Restrictions to Japan (As of 23 Sep 2022) Sept. 23, 2022. Notice of Resumption of Counter Business from 1 June 2022. June 1, 2022 [Press Release] Japan Fair 2022 goes virtual, offering Singaporeans ...

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    Japan will allow visa-free entry for individual travellers from 11th October. Here's what we know so far: What we know from the latest announcement Earlier in May, Japan announced that the country will allow tourists from 36 countries - including Malaysia, Spain, and Britain.

  4. Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Suspension of visa validity under the border measures was also lifted on October 11, 2022. Please refer to 4. Lift of the suspension of visa validity below for further information. Quarantine measures <From April 29, 2023, regarding all travelers and returnees> (NEW)

  5. A guide to visiting Japan in 2022/23

    Japan will reinstate visa-free travel on October 11 for travelers from more than 68 countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Singapore, Thailand and more. If a passport holder a country on the visa-waiver list, you won't need a visa to travel to Japan if you're staying for less than 90 days.

  6. Is Japan open to travelers? It's where Singaporeans want to travel

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  10. It's Official: Japan Reopening On Jun 10 To 98 Countries ...

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  11. Latest Japan Entry Requirements

    Since October 2022, Japan is fully open without the requirement for a visa for most visitors and, since April 2023, vaccination certificates and pre-departure tests are no longer required either. Read on to find out more! Who is currently allowed to travel to Japan? What is required to travel to Japan and what about visas?

  12. Japan details October's full tourism reopening: 6 things to know

    TOKYO -- Japan on Monday provided details of its full-scale tourism reopening, following Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's announcement last week. The country will allow visa-free entry for visitors ...

  13. Commentary: Why are Singapore travellers so enamoured with Japan?

    Now that Japan is finally lifting COVID-19 restrictions on foreign tourists, Singaporeans are properly planning to visit their favourite holiday destination, says travel writer Karen Tee.

  14. Japan COVID-19: Mandatory testing and other restrictions lifted

    As part of the trial project to 'test tourism' that began in May 2022, the Japanese government laid down a number of rules on 7 June, which tourists have to follow every time they enter the island nation. Here are more details for those visiting Japan Relaxation of rules and protocols

  15. Japan to open to visitors from low-risk countries, such as S'pore, but

    Japan will from June 10, 2022 let in tourists from 98 countries and territories, including Singapore, the United States, China, Australia and South Korea, Nikkei Asia and The Standard reported.

  16. Information for U.S. Citizens Traveling to Japan

    Because travel regulations and restrictions are complex and are subject to change with little notice, the U.S. Embassy strongly urges any U.S. citizens considering travel to Japan to carefully review the information available from the Government of Japan.

  17. Commentary: Is Japan ready to reopen its borders?

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  18. Japan International Travel Information

    Call us in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Travel Advisories.

  19. Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions

    Last updated: June 26, 2022 Table of Contents Measures by the Government of Japan 1. Areas subjected to entry ban 2. Denial of the re-entry from designated countries/regions in response to COVID-19 variants of special treatment on border measures 3. Quarantine measures 4. Suspension of visa validity 5. Suspension of visa exemption measures 6.

  20. Singapore to lift restrictions for all vaccinated travelers

    Singapore will lift restrictions for all vaccinated travelers from next week, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hailing it as a "major milestone" in the aviation hub's efforts to live with COVID-19. The city-state is the latest Asian country to ease travel restrictions in a region that has generally been…

  21. COVID-19: Practical Information for Traveling to Japan

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  22. Singapore Changi Airport Nears 60 Million Passengers In 2023

    All regions exhibited strong recovery in 2023, and with travel restrictions now a thing of the past in China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea, traffic from Northeast Asia grew more than four times that recorded in 2022, largely due to a surge between Singapore and China.

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  24. JAPAN NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION Singapore Office

    Information on Japan travel for both beginners and frequent travellers. Get to know popular destinations, seasonal activities, useful itineraries, and more! Visit our website to learn more about Japan travel.

  25. COVID-19 Health & Safety Information

    The Coronavirus travel restrictions page is a travel advisory updated regularly in line with the official information provided by the Government of Japan. COVID-19: Practical Information for Traveling to Japan is an information page built to help travellers plan a safe trip around Japan. See specific measures taken by Japanese organisations below.