Over the course of the pandemic, Japan has implemented some of the most restrictive border regulations of any country across the globe. Last week, the Japanese Prime Minister announced the country’s plans to ease those restrictions beginning on September 7. This is great news for U.S. travelers interested in Japan travel!

Will I need a pre-departure COVID-19 test to visit Japan?

As of September 7, if you meet the vaccination requirements you will no longer need a negative pre-departure PCR test 72-hours before departure. All travelers who have received at least 3 COVID-19 vaccine doses will be exempt from testing protocols.

Will Japan still restrict the number of foreign visitors?

Japan also has a daily limit of 20,000 visitors at the moment. The Prime Minister indicated that these restrictions will also ease – and he unveiled plans to increase the visitor cap to 50,000 as soon as next month.

What if I get COVID-19 while I am in Japan?

There will also be a shortening of the current policy in Japan, which requires asymptomatic COVID-19 patients to isolate for a week, and symptomatic patients to isolate for 10 days. The full details have not yet been shared.

What other restrictions can I expect while traveling to Japan?

In June of 2022, Japan finally opened its borders to tourists for the first time in 2 years. However, visitors must agree to join package tours with Japanese guides. Because of these restrictions, foreign visitors have dwindled to a tiny number.

Japan continues to be under pressure to ease this restriction, but has not yet made that commitment to allow visitors further freedom while traveling within the country.

We love Japan over here at CheapAir. It’s an amazing country – with so much to offer every kind of traveler. We’re optimistic that the travel restrictions will continue to ease, so visitors will soon be able to experience the magic that is Japan on their own!

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