4. Sep 2022

Amended Guidelines for International Tourists to Japan

In line with Prime Minister Kishida’s announcement last week regarding relaxing the restrictions on entering Japan, the new guidelines were released.

As I wrote last week, the 3 main changes were:

(1) Tours can be unescorted, but must be “packaged tours”. 
(2) PCR test will no longer be necessary, if the traveler is vaccinated 3 times.
(3) Maximum number of people entering Japan, including Japanese nationals, will be increased to 50,000 per day

Changes will come into effect on September 7, 2022.

I think the main focus here was about the definition of “packaged tours”.  The guideline states that the visitor must book his/her international tickets to/from Japan as well as all accommodations in Japan through a travel agent.  The intention of this restriction is to enable the travel agent to be responsible to support the visitor if any covid-related accident should occur during the visit.

It’s still far from an ideal way of traveling, but another step forward.