Japan travel rules: When will entry ban be lifted as minister hints at reopening

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Holidaymakers are currently planning their next getaway as the UK government continues to ease covid measures.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps lifted restrictions earlier this month so fully vaccinated Britons no longer need to be tested after returning to the country.

Double-bite travelers previously had to take a lateral flow test two days after returning to the country, but now only need to complete a form before departure.

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Those who have not yet received the two shots must complete a passenger locator form two days before departure – and must also take a pre-departure test within 48 hours of travel.

However, each holiday hotspot has its own entry requirements, so travelers are advised to consult the travel advice of the foreign ministry of their destination before booking a trip.

Japan has one of the strictest travel policies as foreign nationals, including UK travelers, who do not have existing residency status are not allowed to enter Japan for any purpose, except in exceptional circumstances.

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the validity of visas to enter Japan is suspended unless you are the “spouse or child of a Japanese national”.

There is no specific date when Japan could lift the ban, but the country’s coronavirus response minister has indicated that the rules could be relaxed soon.

According to BloombergDaishiro Yamagiwa told the country’s parliament, “We took some of the toughest G-7 border measures when much about Omicron was unknown.

“But if we’re not going to see a change in the number of cases in Japan and overseas, the border controls themselves become more useless, so we have to keep that in mind.”

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