Did the pandemic halt your dreams of travelling to the Land of the Rising Sun? Good news, travellers: Japan is ready to welcome you back. Last 10 Jun 2022, the country opened its doors to a limited number of tourists on guided tours. Now, the country is expected to drop its requirement of booking package tours via travel agencies and will be ready to welcome independent travellers once again. Read on to know the latest Japan travel requirements for Philippine passport holders.
Japan travel requirements for Philippine passport holders
On 11 Oct 2022, Japan will open its borders to individual travellers from countries on the “blue list,” including the Philippines. Regardless of vaccination status, Filipino visitors no longer need to take on-arrival tests and undergo home quarantine. Additionally, Japan’s daily tourism limit of 50,000 international travellers will finally be scrapped to welcome more tourists.
Disclaimer: The blue list is subject to change, depending on the number of COVID-19 cases.
Required documents for Filipinos travelling to Japan
To be able to enter Japan, Philippine passport holders must secure the following requirements:
- Passport with at least six months’ validity
- Valid Japan tourist visa
- You can take a Japan tourist visa photo online.
- Negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours before departure
- Travellers who have had three or more COVID-19 vaccine shots will no longer be required to take pre-arrival PCR tests.
- Must be uploaded here. You will no longer be required to test or undergo quarantine upon arrival.
- Health insurance with COVID-19 coverage
- Registration to the MySOS and COCOA mobile apps
- Must be made at least six hours prior to arrival
Still unsure about Japan’s entry requirements and procedures? Simply select your country and vaccination status on the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare official website to know which restrictions apply to you.
COVID-19 health and safety protocols
While Japan may be taking a cautious step forward with eased travel restrictions and new protocols, do keep in mind the following guidelines that tourists must adhere to:
- Wear a face mask when indoors and on public transport. Wearing of face masks is no longer required outdoors provided that social distancing can be maintained.
- Practise physical distancing at all times.
- Frequently wash and disinfect your hands.
- Bring private health insurance.
If you fail to follow these protocols, you may be expelled from the country, according to the government’s guidelines. For more information, read this.
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