Can you travel to Japan? Restrictions for UK travellers explained

Japan has had some of the strictest travel restrictions in the world during the pandemic
Can you travel to Japan Restrictions for UK travellers explained
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Japan has had strict border restrictions since the Covid pandemic started in 2020, making travel to the country impossible for most. According to the Japan National Tourism Organisation, the number of international tourists to Japan fell from nearly 32 million in 2019 to just 250,000 in 2021. But when will we be able to go again? Here’s what you need to know about travel to Japan.

Travel rules for Japan from the UK

UK travellers are currently allowed to enter Japan but under strict circumstances. At the time of writing, travellers can only enter the country as part of a package tour and must obtain a visa to cross the border. As of September, tours can be self-guided, with visitor numbers capped at 50,000 arrivals per day; up from the previous limit of 20,000. These rules are set to change and the visitor cap will be scrapped on 11 October.

Previously, all travellers were required to show some form of Covid test result on arrival to the country. However, for travellers who have been triple vaccinated with two doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna vaccines (or one of Johnson & Johnson) plus a booster shot from Pfizer or Moderna, a negative PCR test is not required to enter Japan. Vaccinated travellers can fast track entry with the MySos system.

While there is no requirement to be vaccinated in order to enter Japan, a PCR test must be taken within 72 hours of flying, and a certificate proving a negative status must be presented.

Children under 18 who travel with a triple-vaccinated parent or guardian may follow the same rules as their parent or guardian, even if the child is not fully-vaccinated.

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For now, if you’re hoping to travel to Japan, we recommend checking the government’s website regularly for updates and information on what you need to do to allow entry.