Japan opens
Posted on 7th Nov 2022 by Bob Heffill

Mount Koya temple door.

Japan opened it’s borders to independent travelers from 11 October 2022.

However, evidence of having had three approved vaccinations, or a valid negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure for Japan, are still required.

The list of visa-free countries can be found here:


There is no quarantine requirement.

Although not mandatory, most Japanese people continue to wear masks outdoors in public places. You may be requested to wear a mask at your accommodation, and it is recommended

to wear masks indoors in public spaces. The Governor of Wakayama Prefecture recently told the local population that masks outdoors really aren’t required, especially if you observe a distance of about 2m whilst in public spaces.

So, things progress, albeit very relatively slowly, in Japan.



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