All You Need to Know about Travelling to Japan after 11 Oct 2022

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In the latest updates, Japan has announced the removal of most of its travel rules for visitors starting 11 Oct 2022! So, here’s all you need to know when travelling from Singapore to Japan 👇

[UPDATED 23 Sep 2022]

In May 2022, Japan welcomed its first visitors during a trial tourism programme. And since 10 June 2022, it has opened up to even more countries — Singapore included!

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Prior to its reopening, Japan classified countries under three categories in order of descending virus risk: Red, Yellow and Blue.

Singapore falls under the blue category, whereby travellers are exempted from on-arrival Covid-19 tests and quarantine — regardless of their vaccination status.

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What to Know Before Travelling

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1) Free-and-easy travels are back

Previously, travellers are required to join a tour group to enter Japan for leisure. The packaged tours have to be sponsored by Japanese travel agencies and organisations in charge of managing visitors.

From 11 Oct 2022, travellers are free to explore Japan independently — without coordinating via a travel agency. This means we’re back to spontaneous backpacking trips 🥳

2) Vistors can enter Japan visa-free

Due to Covid-19 regulations, all travellers entering Japan had to apply for a visa. However, with the latest announcements, Japan will be reinstating visa-free travel!

Travellers from Singapore can once again stay as long as 90 days without going through the hassle of a visa application.

3) More airports in Japan open to international flights

Besides Tokyo’s Narita Airport, you can now enter Japan via Hokkaido’s New Chitose Airport and Okinawa’s Naha Aiport too ✈️

4) Pre-departure PCR test to Japan has been scrapped

For those with three doses of approved vaccines, you no longer have to present a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of departure to Japan.

5) No more on-arrival Covid-19 tests and quarantine

Some good news — all on-arrival PCR tests and quarantine orders have been scrapped for travellers from Singapore, regardless of vaccination status.

Visitors can start exploring the city upon arrival as you don’t have to isolate yourself while waiting for a negative result. 

*Note: On-arrival tests and quarantine orders differ for other countries based on Japan’s colour classification.

Travelling to Japan in 2022

Nagoya castle sakura - Japan cherry blossoms

With the announcement of Japan lifting most of its travel restrictions, we’re excited to explore its national parks and also climb Mount Fuji once again 🗻!

Need help with planning your Japan itinerary? Check these out:
For first-timers: 10-Day Japan Itinerary — Tokyo to Osaka With The JR Pass for $1.1k
West Japan: 8-Day Japan Itinerary: 9 Cities in Kansai for Under S$900
Winter chasers: 8-Day Japan Winter Itinerary For Less Than S$1.2k — Fox Village, Snow Monkey Park, Gassho Houses
A different side of Japan: 6-Day Kyushu Itinerary — a Quieter Side of Japan (Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Beppu)

The rules and regulations change regularly, so look out for more info about booking a trip to Japan on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Japan Tourist Board websites.

Which part of Japan are you excited to visit first? Share with us in the comments!

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  1. Non guided tours? I do not understand this part. If we sign up for non guided tours, who is responsible for our meals, tour attractions, transport and so on? Are you able to explain further on this matter? Thanks!

    • Hi Danny, non-guided tours are self-guided tours without a tour guide or tour escort. Basically, you’re free to roam around on your own. Regarding who’s responsible for meals and other aspects of your tour, it really depends on the tour agencies you’re booking with and what their tour packages include.
      Hope this answers 🙂

      • Thank you for your reply Edelyn. Does it mean, before anyone can enter Japan now, we have to sign up for local tours with the travel agency at my country first before applying for visa, right?

        It’s like forcing us to pay and go on tours which I have been to (I visit Japan 3-4 times a year every year for the last 20 years). It means, I still can’t just buy an air ticket and roam by myself freely. Am I right on this part?

        Unguided tours is a hassle when some don’t speak Japanese, not everyone know the transport system well and how to go about to the attraction place. Ordering food is also a hassle for some.

        • Every traveller to Japan will have to apply for visa to Japan now — including Singapore passport holders, which used to be visa-free before covid. Visa applications are also only available via travel agencies, that’s why travellers will have to book their trips with travel agencies for now.
          No fret for travellers who aren’t familiar with Japan, as there are still guided tours available with travel agencies for travellers who prefer guided tours with chaperones and set itineraries 🙂


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