Japan Reopening to Independent Travelers

Japan Border Opening to Independent Travelers


Japan Will Reopen Its Border to Independent Travelers Starting October 11, 2022, great news for all our clients with Japan travel plans. Japan will reinstate visa waiver travel for the U.S. and nearly 70 other countries and regions, and lift its current cap on daily arrivals. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made the announcement Thursday, 9/22/22, during his visit to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

Until 10/11/22, independent travelers to Japan will need to procure an ERFS certification from a Japanese and an e-visa.

Japan will require travelers to have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster, which in the case of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines means triple vaccination, otherwise a negative COVID-19 pre-travel test will be required.

Japan closed its borders to travelers from the U.S. and 48 other countries on April 1, 2020, so by the time it reopens on 10/11/22, Japan will have been closed to U.S. travelers for over 30 months.


Where to Stay in Japan

See our recently updated post, Top 10 Japan Luxury Travel Offers 2022-2023 for inspiration. TravelSort Clients can also get in touch to request additional recommendations and trip planning services based on our experience living, working, and extensively traveling in Japan.

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Source: The Japan Times

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