Japan Is Finally Reopening To Independent Travellers: Here's What You Should Know


Qistina Bumidin •  Sep 23, 2022

So.... can we go to Japan soon independently? Well, FINALLY YES ? You don't need to book your future trip via a travel agency anymore!

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On 22nd September (Thursday), the Japanese government will allow visa-free, independent tourism and abolish a daily arrival cap as of Oct. 11.

If you remember, we spoke to travel agencies in Singapore who told us about the long process of visa applications and high costs (almost up to $120!). But we're more than glad to report that we don't need to pay or get a visa from October 11th anymore! ? Prior to Covid-19, Japan allowed visitors from 68 countries and regions, including the United States and Singapore, to stay for as long as 90 days without a visa.

Can't wait to eat some good yakiniku!

This follows a list of other guidelines such as the abolishment of pre-departure testing requirements from September 7th and quarantine-free travel as well! ?

In regards to mask-wearing rules, while the country has never legally enforced government guidance for mask-wearing in crowded areas such as public transport, and when meeting the elderly or spending time in a hospital, locals still voluntarily wear masks ?

Things seem to be looking up, and we're excited that a trip to Japan is getting closer than ever! Plus, it's truly the best time to head there soon for all the spending you're going to be doing, if you get our drift ?

P.S. Your trip to Japan will be a reality soon, and it's never too late to start planning now!