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Key Points

  • The government of Japan will lift many COVID-19 restrictions on October 11, 2022
  • The government of Japan will resume visa-exempt entry for eligible foreign nationals on October 11, 2022


The government of Japan will introduce new COVID-19 entry measures effective on October 11, 2022. As a result, the following criteria will be applied:

  • Entrants, Returnees, and Follow-Up System (ERFS) application lifted: foreign nationals will no longer be required to apply for a certificate of completion through ERFS.
  • Tourism package requirements lifted: foreign nationals traveling to Japan for tourism will no longer need to enter and travel with a tourist group.
  • Visa-exempt entry resumed: foreign nationals from visa-exempt countries will be permitted to enter Japan once more without applying for an additional entry visa.
  • Lifting review of inspection: foreign nationals and Japanese citizens will no longer need to undergo an assessment for COVID-19 symptoms unless they have reported signs of COVID-19.
  • Lifting of entry cap: the government will remove the arrival and entry cap number for foreign nationals permitted to enter the country daily.

All travelers must present proof of a vaccination certificate listed in the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use list or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result received within 72 hours of departure.

What are the Changes?

The government of Japan plans to reopen its borders to all international travelers effective October 11, 2022. The government of Japan has maintained some of the strictest global COVID-19 border restrictions since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. All travelers should continue to ensure they hold the appropriate entry authorization before arrival or travel.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Japan’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan

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