Will Japan reopen to tourists in June 2022?

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Last updated: 8 June 2022

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When will tourist travel to Japan restart?

Japan is set to reopen its borders to tourists on June 10th; however, this only applies to travellers on escorted package tours. On May 24th the government welcomed several small-scale tours (for triple-vaccinated travellers) from four countries: Australia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. These were not open to the general public, and the small-scale tours were largely seen as a test run for the next phase, namely the opening to guided tours on June 10th.

What are the details?

To enter Japan, travellers need to be a member of a guided tour – independent travel is still not yet possible. Furthermore, the Japanese government has announced that countries will now be divided into categories of ‘red’, ‘yellow’, and ‘blue’; ‘blue’ designates countries where the risk of coronavirus is low, and the good news is that this includes the US, Canada, and almost all European countries including the UK! In practical terms, ‘blue’ countries do not need to quarantine or undergo on-arrival testing – a pre-departure test is all that is needed. 

When will Japan opening details be confirmed?

The Japanese government released a number of guidelines on June 7th, all of which are directly related to the June 10th opening. Beyond that, the government hasn’t revealed any plans to ease border restrictions or restart independent travel just yet, though we do expect fully independent travel to be possible later this year. If you want to be the first to know, sign up to our newsletter – we geek out on all Japan news and distill updates for all our subscribers. You can also check out Japan as a destination.

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