The days are only getting brighter and brighter again in the Land of the Rising Sun. It has been announced that Japan is already reopening to foreign tourists starting June 10, 2022.
However, the country remains on its toes, as evident in its new tourist entry system that imposes certain restrictions and requirements depending on the nationality. Luckily, Filipinos are among those with more lenient requirements.
Here’s all you need to know.
Overview of Japan’s New Entry System
After taking a massive hit from the pandemic, Japan is still treading the new normal cautiously. On June 10, 2022, the country is reopening its international tourism border but only to small group tours—that means no DIY or solo backpacking trips just yet.
Countries have been classified and color-coded according to the level of risk. Red is for high-risk countries; yellow for medium-risk; and blue for low-risk.
Testing and entry requirements will depend on the color classification. Fortunately for Filipinos, Japan has classified the Philippines as blue or low-risk. This means that proof of vaccination, testing, and quarantine will not be required on arrival.
Do note that there are still requirements that Filipino tourists have to fulfill, including a tourist visa and testing before departure.
Japan Travel Guidelines for Filipinos (Starting June 10, 2022)
Since June 1, 2022, the country has doubled its foreign arrival quota from 10,000 to 20,000.
Here are the requirements for Filipino tourists planning to travel to Japan from June 10, 2022.
- Philippine passport
- Japan tourist visa (See accredited agencies here)
- Negative result of COVID-19 test (nasopharyngeal swab/nasal swab/saliva/nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs) taken within 72 hours of departure
- Group tour booked through a travel agency – with itinerary, airport and coach transfers, accommodation, and an English-speaking guide
Whether there will be designated travel agencies for the tours or what kind of package tours will be on offer is yet to be announced.
However, it is worth noting that you can enter via the international airports in various cities:
- Haneda Airport, Tokyo
- Narita International Airport, Chiba
- Chubu Centrair International Airport, Aichi
- Kansai International Airport, Osaka
- Fukuoka Airport, Fukuoka
- New Chitose Airport, Hokkaido (TBA)
- Naha Airport, Okinawa (TBA)
What to Expect in Japan This 2022
Japan has been gradually easing to a new normal, with most businesses and tourist spots now open. Reduced capacity is followed in most attractions, businesses, and public transport.
Basic safety protocols are still strictly enforced, particularly the wearing of face masks and social distancing in public.
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