Planning a trip to Japan? Here’s what you need to know

From mid-October, Australians will once again be able to travel to Japan without a visa or tour group.

It’s great news for Australians who have been waiting to travel to Japan after the pandemic.

But there are some important things to consider if you’re planning a trip to Japan yourself.

Here’s what you need to know.

How Japan’s border restrictions are changing

From October 11, Japan is making several important changes to its border controls.

To break it down for you, the key points are:

  • Tourists from Australia (and other countries with visa exemptions) can now travel to Japan without a visa;
  • Tourists no longer required to travel on package tours;
  • Travellers are no longer required to return a COVID-19 test on arrival unless they are suspected of being infected with COVID-19; and
  • There is no longer a cap on daily arrivals to Japan. Previously, Japan was only allowing 50,000 entrants per day.

What documents do you need to enter Japan?

To enter Japan, you will need to provide a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate with at least three doses or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. 


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