At this point, many Malaysians are undoubtedly looking forward to the resumption of international travel once again. And after two years of protracted lockdowns, it looks as though the world is ready to welcome tourists from across most regions of the globe, what with countries such as France, the UK, and even our neighbors in Thailand reopening their borders once more.
Japan is set to welcome tour groups from M’sia from 10th June
Now, it would appear that Malaysians can add yet another hotly anticipated tourist destination to their list, as it has been announced by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) that Japan is finally set to welcome Malaysian tour groups attached to travel agencies in limited numbers back to its shores from 10th June 2022 onwards! According to the press release dated 27th May 2022, the announcement comes after the Japanese government had revised their border controls last Thursday (26th May 2022).
As part of that change, Japan is set to gradually reopen their borders to a list of 96 countries outlined in a circular issued by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The list is broken down into three categories based upon every country’s perceived COVID-risk level, namely red, yellow, and blue. Additionally, the country will be set to increase the daily limit of foreign travellers from 10,000 to 20,000 starting today (1st June 2022).
No on-arrival tests or quarantine for M’sians
In the case of Malaysians, we belong in the ‘Blue’ category, which means that regardless of your vaccination status, you will not be required to conduct an on-arrival COVID test or serve any quarantine measures.
With that being said, you will still be required to conduct a pre-departure PCR test and provide a certificate of proof of a negative test result 72 hours prior to your date of departure.
According to CNA, tour group operators are expected to be accountable for visitors abiding by Japan’s strict COVID-19 measures, which includes the mandatory wearing of face masks. Previously, entry restrictions into Japan have already been loosened for permanent residents, students, as well as business people.