Japan will reopen to international visitors from March
Japan is cautiously looking to reopen its borders to international visitors from March 1, with a reduction in quarantine requirements from seven days to three – and many travellers may be able to skip quarantine altogether.
Foreign nationals arriving for any purpose other than tourism, such as business travellers and students, will be able to enter the country provided they have received a third vaccine dose or booster and can produce a negative result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
Travellers who meet those criteria and come from a country where Covid-19 is considered under control will likely be permitted to skip the three-day quarantine period.
The current cap on incoming travellers will also be raised from the current 3,500 a day to 5,000.
While tourists hoping to jet off to Japan just in time for the famed cherry blossom season will have to wait a while longer, this typically measured approach for the nation still provides a glimmer of hope for travellers looking to visit icons such as Mount Fuji, the Kinkaku-Ji Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, and the street food powerhouse of Osaka.