Official: Japan lifting all tourism restrictions from 11 October

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From 11 October, Japan will scrap its arrival caps and visa requirement, and allow free-and-easy travel once again.

After months of speculation, Japan will finally lift its remaining restrictions on tourism from 11 October 2022, as announced by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a visit to New York. 

The daily arrival cap will be removed, mandatory tourist visas will be scrapped, and independent travel will be permitted once more. No pre-departure or on-arrival testing is required for fully-vaccinated travellers, and it’s basically back to pre-COVID days. 

Japan lifts remaining tourism restrictions

Visitors to Japan can enjoy free-and-easy travel from October onwards

From 11 October 2022, Japan will scrap its daily arrival cap of 50,000 people, and reinstate its visa-waiver programme for nationals from the following 68 countries and regions. 

🇯🇵 Visa-Free Entry to Japan
(All entry valid for 90 days unless otherwise stated)
RegionCountries
Asia
  • Brunei (14 days)
  • Indonesia (15 days)
  • Malaysia
  • Republic of Korea
  • Singapore
  • Thailand (15 days)
  • Hong Kong
  • Macao
  • Taiwan
Africa
  • Lesotho
  • Mauritius
  • Tunisia
Europe
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • North Macedonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
Latin American & Caribbean
  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Surinam
  • Uruguay
Middle East
  • Israel
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates (30 days)
North America
  • Canada
  • United States
Oceania
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
Additional terms may apply for certain countries. Refer to MOFA Japan for official details.

Japan previously required tourists to purchase a pre-arranged package from a tour agency. This requirement will be removed from 11 October, and free-and-easy travel will be permitted once more. That’s great news for miles and points collectors, who can redeem award flights (assuming you can find space) and hotel nights. 

Testing regulations

Travellers from Singapore do not require on-arrival testing or quarantine

Pre-departure

Japan has already scrapped the requirement for a pre-departure COVID-19 test for all fully vaccinated travellers. As a reminder, Japan defines “fully vaccinated” as individuals who have received at least three doses of the following vaccines:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Covaxin
  • Covishield
  • COVOVAX
  • Janssen (only two doses required)
  • Moderna
  • Novavax
  • Pfizer-BioNTech

Any combination of the above is acceptable as well.

From 11 October, CanSino, Sinovac and Sinopharm will be added to the list of recognised vaccinations.

Unvaccinated travellers are required to produce a negative pre-departure PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of travel. The cost of a test in Singapore starts from S$50.

Unvaccinated children under the age of 18 who travel with vaccinated parents/guardians will be treated as fully vaccinated (refer to the bottom of page 17 for the source)

On-arrival

On-arrival testing depends on an individual’s travel history. Singapore is currently classified as a Blue List country, which does not require on-arrival testing or quarantine, regardless of vaccination status.

Visitors from Yellow or Red List countries may be required to take on-arrival tests or quarantine, depending on their vaccination status. However, since the Red List is currently empty, a fully-vaccinated traveller is basically free from all pre-departure and on-arrival testing.

CategoryVax?Test?*Quarantine^
BlueYesPDT: N/A
OAT: N/A
N/A
NoPDT: PCR
OAT: N/A
N/A
YellowYesPDT: N/A
OAT: N/A
N/A
NoPDT: PCR
OAT: PCR
3 days (home)
RedYesPDT: N/A
OAT:
PCR
3 days (home)
NoPDT: PCR
OAT: PCR
3 days (facility)
*PDT= Pre-departure test, OAT= On-arrival test
^Negative PCR test required to end quarantine

If your 14-day travel history cuts across various categories, the restrictions of the strictest one will apply. You can view the full list of countries by category here.

Mask rules

Masks are not officially required in Japan, but most people wear them anyway

It may surprise you to know that Japan does not actually have a mask mandate. The official stance is that masks are not required outdoors or indoors, assuming you can keep a minimum distance of 2-metres from others. However, the vast majority of locals continue to mask, and it’s safe to say the same will be expected of visitors. 

Likewise, there’s no requirement to wear masks on flights to or from Japan, although ANA and Japan Airlines continue to enforce the rule. Singapore Airlines passengers will not be required to mask, as per the airline’s latest global mask policy. 

What’s the award space situation?

October calls for 55 weekly flights between Singapore and Tokyo, operated by Singapore Airlines, Scoot, ANA and Japan Airlines.

Singapore Airlines operates the A350-900, B777-300ER and B787-10 on this route, which means redemptions across all four cabins are possible. 

Redemption Cost from Singapore to Japan
(Flight on Singapore Air)
 Saver
(One-Way)
Advantage
(One-Way)
Economy27,00045,000
Premium Economy37,500N/A
Business52,00070,000
First77,000120,000

However, bad news if you’re hoping to redeem KrisFlyer miles to Japan. Award space in Business and First Class has virtually vanished for the rest of 2022. At most, you’ll be able to find Economy Class awards, and even those are likely to disappear soon with the latest news. 

Not all is lost though. If you have Alaska Mileage Plan miles, Asia Miles, British Airways Avios or any other programme that can book Japan Airlines award space, here’s how you find award flights to Tokyo.

How to find award space to Tokyo on Alaska Mileage Plan

Conclusion

Japan will finally lift its remaining tourism restrictions from 11 October 2022, which means no more visa applications or tour groups. With pre-departure and on-arrival testing already not necessary for fully-vaccinated Singaporeans and nationals of most countries, visiting Japan effectively returns to pre-COVID conditions. 

Who’s heading to Japan?

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Wil

No economical class seats for redemption till Dec even before this announcement 🙁

japh

Did they also restore the validity of multiple entry visas issued before 2020?

Anon

Singapore never needed a visa to enter.

japh

The question was whether japan would also lift the suspension on the visas they issued before 2020. In March 2020, they suspended two things: visa waiver for those countries listed above, and validity of visas issued on or before March. Now that the first one has been lifted, what about the second one? Gotta wait for them to release the official regulations document

Anon

Singapore never needed a visa to enter.

Genarcho

You realise not every person living in Singapore is Singaporean, right?

Tate

It’s interesting to note that Indonesian passport holders now enjoy visa-free entry for 90 days. Pre-Covid they were required to apply for visa.

Aldyzest

You need to register your Indonesian e-passport to enjoy your 15 days visa free as mentioned in table. If your visit more than 15 days, you need visa.

This applies since before covid days

Tate

Ah yes you’re right on the differential requirement of e- and non-e-passport. Indonesian embassy does not issue e-passport to its overseas resident and therefore I’m required to apply for visa.

Freddy

There should be more seats for commercial and award bookings after the cap is removed.

Froggy

Yes, make more award bookings available because the airlines must hate cash bookings. Smart.

Alian

My bet worked. Made both flight and hotel bookings back in Jul. Really miss the Jap menu on SQ

Jimmy

Just now I happen to Come across Business class advantage space on one of the days from TYO to SIN though.

Jimmy

No, the one I saw last night was direct book for advantage award, wait list for saver award for the same space. 9 Nov, SQ631 from Haneda, it is still there as of now.

Mark

My bet worked!! Our trip for end March 2023 is now ON! First Class Award booking BKK-HND on JAL and then business award booking NGO-SIN-BKK on SQ (booked on 4/7/22 at the old miles rate too!). Just fabulous. Also have about half the accommodation booked at bargain basement prices too. AT LAST. Just wonderful news.

James Quek

Not sure whether will I attract “stares” if I don’t don a mask outdoor in Ginza and Shinjuku?

Wee Lin

No, have been doing that the past week, nobody cares.

Anon

People dont really do it lol.

Just a special rule for gaijins.

=.=

Useless China Passport.

Gordon

I thought this day would never come! LOL

Josh

For the blue category, I think you don’t need a predeparture test before arrival according to the govt regulations page that you linked in the article.

Josh

Ditto this

Last edited 14 days ago by Josh
Jack

(Note 1) For nationals of Indonesia (since December 1, 2014), visas are not required only for those who have registered ICAO-compliant ePassport to diplomatic missions of Japan in Indonesia (the embassy, consulates-general, or the consulate). Validity of the registration is three years period or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.

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