One Mile at a time | Breaking Travel News

It has been well over two years since the pandemic initially shut down global travel, and we’ve seen even the strictest countries (ranging from Australia, to New Zealand, to Singapore) reopen borders to vaccinated visitors.

Japan is one of my favorite countries in the world, and it’s a place I’m dying to return to.

Unfortunately Japan has taken an even stricter approach than other strict countries, as Japan remains closed to tourists from most parts of the world. There has been no real indication of that changing… until now.

At a press conference in London on Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that Japan intends to further ease border controls as of June 2022. This is intended to put Japan more in line with other G7 countries, which allow quarantine-free travel for vaccinated visitors (at a minimum).

Now, unfortunately we don’t have any details yet beyond that, though it’s more of an update than we’ve otherwise gotten from Japan’s government. It’s stated that the country’s COVID-19 measures will be eased in stages, so who knows how widespread a tourism reopening in June would even be.

What’s odd is that Japan’s borders haven’t been totally closed. Japanese residents are allowed to travel abroad, select business travelers are allowed to enter the country, etc. The country has also been capping international arrivals to 10,000 per day.

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