As the spread of the Omicron variant finally started to quell, Japan finally lifted the Quasi-State of Emergency, which called for self-isolation and shorter business hours, on March 21, 2022.
And it's not only Japan. Countries all around the globe have gradually started to ease up restrictions. Naturally, many have also begun to wonder if and when they could travel to Japan again. However, the rules and details concerning immigration can be a little complicated to understand.
So in this article, based on government resources, we'll explain everything you need to know about travel to Japan, from entry conditions and necessary documentation, to mask requirements and the current state of Covid-19 in Japan.
*Information as of July 15, 2022
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Is Japan open to tourists? What are the requirements for entering Japan?

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As of July 15, 2022, the Japanese government has developed new entry restrictions and quarantine measures for foreign nationals who want to enter Japan in the wake of Covid-19.
Generally, new entries from most countries and regions are still suspended.
However, specific requirements may now make it possible for certain individuals to enter, but only when the receiving company/organization in Japan completes the prescribed application in the 'Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System' (ERFS), and when the individual meets either of the following two criteria:
1. Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for short-term stays (under 3 months) for business and employment, or
2. Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for long-term stays who meet any of the above conditions.
Entry for tourism purposes resumed for the first time in two years on June 10, 2022. However, this is currently only to limited countries and regions, and only under certain conditions, such as booking through a travel agency as part of specific tour packages.
Reference:
COVID-19: Current Japanese Border Measures (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)/in English)

What documents do I need to enter Japan? What are Japan's immigration procedures?

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Those who wish to enter Japan must submit several required documents and adhere to several procedures:
(1) Pre-departure (from home)
(2) Departure
(3) Upon arriving in Japan.
(1) Pre-departure (from home):
a. Acquisition of Certificate of Testing for COVID-19
Travelers must submit a Certificate of Testing for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure to the Japanese quarantine station. Use the prescribed format See More >>

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