Japan will fully reopen to tourists on October 11

No testing or quarantine, no visas or arrivals caps as Japan once again welcomes the world to its door.

By Staff Writers, September 23 2022
Japan will fully reopen to tourists on October 11

Japan will put itself back on the travel map from October 11 with an end to almost all restrictions, including the most recent and onerous need to book through a travel agent or be part of a group tour.

Travellers can once again book their own flights and accommodation, while the current arrivals cap is being removed and the visa-waiver system, which includes residents of Australia, is being reintroduced.

And with no pre-flight or on arrival testing, travel to Japan is as close as it’s even been to pre-pandemic days.

“We are a nation that has flourished through the free flow of people, goods and capital," said Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in announcing the news.

“COVID-19, of course, interrupted all of these benefits, but from October 11, Japan will relax border control measures... as well as resume visa-free travel and individual travel,” he said.

The view to Mt Fuji from Chureito Pagoda.
The view to Mt Fuji from Chureito Pagoda.

The Prime Minister's announcement comes as the Japanese Yen slumped to its lowest levels in 25 years, meaning Japan will be a highly inexpensive nation to visit, with excellent value likely to be found across luxury hotels and attractions nationwide.

Japan had about 246,000 foreign visitors in 2021, far off a record 31.9 million in 2019.

Japan has long been one of the world’s most sought-after destinations, with travellers eager to return once again – and airlines, hotels and retailers are all eager to regain the business they lost.

The nation’s warm culture and hospitality, bountiful cuisine, inviting hot springs, and legendary powder-white ski fields are just a handful of its many drawcards.

Additional reporting by Bloomberg