From June 10, 2022, Japan will be open to accept applications from groups of foreign tourists who apply through travel companies and are accompanied by a tour guide.
Previously, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a「水際対策強化に係る新たな措置（２８）」，in which countries and regions around the world were classified as blue/green (cyan), yellow, or red based on indicators such as the current situation of the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak and the progress of vaccination.。
This time, only visitors from countries and regions that correspond to “Green” are allowed to enter Japan.
For foreign visitors, Japan also requires them to wear a mask throughout their stay in Japan and to follow the contents of the「Guidelines for Foreign Visitors」（in Japanese）.
Previously, foreigners who did not have a valid residence permit (i.e., resident card) were prohibited from entering Japan for two years. Since then, there has been a short period of time when foreigners have been allowed to enter Japan for the purpose of staying in Japan for a long period of time, such as for study.
From June 10, 2022, foreign nationals who need to enter Japan for the following three “specific reasons” will be allowed to enter Japan under the「水際対策強化に係る新たな措置（２９）.However, the person/company responsible for accepting foreign nationals in Japan must apply for permission in advance and complete the application procedures through the Entrant Health Recognition System (ERFS).
- Short-term stay in Japan (less than 3 months) for business or employment purposes
- Short-term entry for the purpose of traveling to Japan (but a travel agency, etc. is required to be the responsible party)
- Long-term stay in Japan
For information on the procedures that must be completed by the person/company responsible for accepting foreign visitors in Japan (e.g. travel agencies, employment agencies, schools) in advance through the Entrant Health Confirmation System (ERFS), please refer to the Order issued by the Tourism Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, 令和４年６月10日以降の外国人観光客の受入れ開始について.
According to Japanese media reports, Japan will resume accepting tourist visas to Japan from 98 countries and regions around the world starting today (June 10, 2022). It is expected that the wave of travel to Japan will officially start later this month.
JR West also announced on July 9 that it will reopen the Kansai Express Haruka (a special express train connecting Kansai International Airport to Osaka/Kyoto) for daytime service starting July 1. In 2019, before the epidemic, the train ran an average of 60 times a day, but after the epidemic, with the decline in visitors, it was reduced to 38 times a day. In the future, 14 trains will be restored to run during the daytime (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to cater to foreign visitors coming to Japan.
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