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