Japan has reopened its borders to all tourists! October 2022


It’s official! Japan reopened its boarder to all tourists on October 11, 2022!
Entering Japan will be almost as easy as it was before covid-19.

For people traveling from Europe: Airlines routes have changed due to Ukraine’s war.

For example: From Paris to Osaka it’s a 13 hours flight
Osaka to Paris is a 15 hours flight so a little longer due to route change.



Japan will reopen to free independent travel on October 11.
Citizens of 68 countries will get visa-free travel to Japan. Check this list

Citizens of those countries don’t need to apply for a visa in advance.
The period of stay granted at the time of the landing will be 90 days.
There are a few exceptions listed on the MOFA site.

Vaccine certificate OR pre-departure test


Japan has divided countries into red, yellow, and blue countries.
At the moment, no country is considered “red”.

Travelers coming from BLUE countries don’t need to do quarantine and arrival testing.

For vaccinated travelers

If you are triple vaccinated you won’t need a pre-departure covid test.

For unvaccinated travelers

You will need the pre-departure polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours of departure.

For more information check here



Travelers are advised to download the MySOS App before traveling.

Learn more here

Before your trip, follow the instructions in the app, and upload your vaccination certificate
or Covid test result. Using MySOS App you’ll be able to enter Japan smoothly.

For either option, if everything is fine the screen will turn blue.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Mask in Japan

For decades even before Covid-19, face masks have been a common thing in Japan, both as a protection against colds and hay fever and to avoid passing sickness to others.

Masks are not mandatory but it’s recommended that people wear a mask indoors and outdoors
when not able to maintain social distancing.

Many shops, restaurants, hotels, and other places will ask visitors to use hand sanitizer
when entering and will also take your body temperature.

Some sightseeing attractions have introduced advance reservations.
Check the official websites before visiting.


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