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Japan has announced that the country will start reopening its borders in September with new entry requirements.

Japan, who has been virtually silent since closing their borders in April, has finally divulged some key information in regard to their imminent reopening.

Important updates as of October are below ↓

A month ago, Japan released the information that they are currently preparing a reopening plan of their borders, but no date was given.  As of today, the government of Japan has finally released their reopening start date, which is the beginning of September.

Japan mt fuji

Starting in September, Japan plans to start accepting travelers in three stages:

First stage: Essential travelers including business travelers, experts, and trainees.

Second stage: Students and other educational-based arrivals.

Third and final stage: General tourists

Japan Street with lights
Kyoto Japan Gojo back street at night with its multitude of commerces and restaurants.

New Entry Requirement System

All arrivals will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

However, the Japanese government has suggested that travelers who obtain a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, and agree to have another test done upon arrival, may be able to circumvent the 14-day quarantine, providing both tests are negative.

Countries That Will Be Able To Visit Japan

Japan has been very upfront that they first intend to include countries where the coronavirus has been contained or which have important ties to Japan.

Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, South Korea, China and Malaysia are among the early candidates.

Myanmar and Brunei were originally included on the list of first-candidates drafted in July, but have since been removed.

Important Update: October 8, 2020:

MOFA Japan and the Republic of Korea have reached an agreement to start the Business Track and the Residence Track from October 8, which will allow the resumption of business travel between Japan and South Korea.

Important Update September 12:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan has just announced they will begin procedures for a Business Fast Track agreement between Japan and Singapore, starting on September 18. 

Most tourist attractions in Japan were closed in April and May; however since late May, a large number of them have reopened. Only a few remain closed now, except in Okinawa, where many sightseeing spots closed again in early August after the prefecture declared a state of emergency through August 15.

engakuji temple in Kamakura

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Originally Published August 14, 2020

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