Japan to Drop COVID-19 Related Restrictions In May

Japan to Drop COVID-19 Related Restrictions In May

Travel to Japan will soon be less of a hassle as it announced it will end all COVID-19-related border restrictions on 8 May 2023.

“Notice: All border measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be lifted on May 8, 2023,” the Japan National Tourism Organization posted on its website. “Those who are entering Japan on or after May 8, 2023, will not be required to present a Valid Vaccination Certificate or a Covid-19 Negative Test Certificate.”

Visa-free, independent travel restarted on 11 October 2022 where citizens of 68 countries can visit Japan without a need for a visa.

Current Entry Rules To Japan

Currently, all travellers heading to Japan are required to show either proof of three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or proof of a negative test conducted within 72 hours of departure.

Japan also dropped the mandatory mask mandate on 13 March and advised that the use of masks will depend on personal choices. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, still recommends people wear masks in certain situations, including in “crowded settings such as crowded commuter trains and buses.”

Japan is one of the last countries in Asia to drop COVID-19-related border rules. Earlier this year, Hong Kong dropped all pandemic-era entry rules as did Singapore. 

Places You Shouldn't Miss When Visiting Japan

From the vibrant cities to the serene countryside, Japan has something for everyone. Here are top places to visit:

Tokyo – Japan's capital city is a bustling metropolis that never sleeps. From the famous Shibuya Crossing to the ancient temples and shrines, Tokyo has something for everyone. Be sure to check out the famous Tsukiji Fish Market and the Tokyo Skytree, which offers breathtaking views of the city.

Kyoto – Known as Japan's cultural capital and is home to many historic temples and shrines, including the famous Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji). Kyoto also offers visitors a glimpse into traditional Japanese culture with its geisha districts and traditional tea ceremonies.

Osaka – Japan's third-largest city is a vibrant and fun destination. Be sure to check out the famous Dotonbori district, which is known for its delicious street food and colourful neon signs. Osaka is also home to Universal Studios Japan, which is a great attraction for families.

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