Japan reopens borders to UK tourists

By Lisa James
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Japan has reopened its borders to foreign tourists for the first time in two years.

During the first phase of reopening, travellers coming from 98 countries, including the United Kingdom, will be allowed entry if they are on a fully guided package tour.

Guides and travel service providers must take responsibility for ensuring visitors comply with COVID-19 rules such as wearing masks.

Visitors will still need to obtain a tourist visa, after receiving an Entrants Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS) confirmation from a Japan-based tour operator.

The daily entry cap has been doubled to 20,000, and all visitors must test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to departure.

However, visitors from certain ‘blue list’ countries, including the UK and Ireland, will then be able to skip the additional test upon arrival as well as the previous three-day quarantine, regardless of vaccination status.

Separate rules apply for countries currently classified as ‘yellow list’ and ‘red list’. Japan has also expanded the number of airports accepting international flights to seven, adding Naha in Okinawa and New Chitose in Sapporo, Hokkaido.

More information here.

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