Travel to Japan for Winter 22-23 looking very good!

  • June 08, 2022

Hoping to see some of these in your future?

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Japan Travel Update June 2022

Positive news from the government of Japan. It seems that Japan’s border restrictions are slowly easing. All signals point to a full-on return to international tourism in the near future!

That is great news for the local tourism industry here in Niseko as well as across Japan. With the winter season a scant 6 months away, savvy travelers anticipated this eventuality and have already secured their preferred dates and accommodation in Niseko for the coming winter. Peak season is selling out quickly, with 3 bedroom apartments close to the lifts being a particularly hot commodity.

So, if you want to come and ride or ski the legendary Niseko powder, it's time to get off the couch and book your accommodation before it is too late! (Hitting the gym and refreshing your chopstick skills may also be a good idea!)

With that in mind, see below for the current information and an overview of entry requirements for travellers to Japan.

Entry policy as of June 2022

Japan has resumed accepting inbound tourists from 98 countries including the US, UK, France, Spain, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia from 10 June 2022. Initially testing small group tours to identify any issues before a full-scale re-opening to individuals.

The plan is to increase the number of daily arrivals from 10,000 to 20,000 per day from the 10th of June. Entries are expected to increase to 30,000 per day from sometime in July.

Covid testing & quarantine measures

Entry rules vary by category depending on whether you are traveling from low, medium, and high-risk countries or regions. Quarantine measures have been scrapped for low-risk countries. Everyone must however still possess a negative PCR test taken at least 72 hours prior to departure.

Risk Classification and required measures for entry to Japan

The below chart is a 3 color classification chart determining the need for Covid testing and or quarantine measures. The countries listed on the chart are examples only. The list is too extensive for this page. Please refer to THIS link for an extensive listing and full details of the government's entry restrictions.

Classification Has a vaccination certificate? PCR Test
(72 hrs prior to departure)
PCR Test
(upon arrival)
Quarantine measure upon entry Example Country
BLUE
Low-risk
Not needed YES NO NO Australia - Canada - China - Chile - France -
Germany - Hong Kong - Korea - Malaysia -
Sweden - Taiwan - Thailand - Uganda - UAE -
UK - USA - Zambia
YELLOW NO YES YES 3-day w/ voluntary neg. PCR
7-day w/o voluntary neg. PCR
Angola - Bahamas - Brunei - Cuba - Egypt -
Haiti - India - Kuwait -
Med-risk YES YES NO NO Libya - Macau - Nepal - Portugal - Samoa - Turkey - Vatican - Viet Nam
RED NO YES YES 3-days at an assigned facility. Albania - Fiji
HIgh-risk YES YES YES Mandatory negative test result taken there. Pakistan - Sierra Leone

Grouping of countries/regions announced by MOFA as of June 1 2022:

Credit: 

Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel | Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (mofa.go.jp)

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