While earlier the Japanese government announced that the reopening of the country would be limited to travelers from the United States, Australia, Thailand and Singapore, it yesterday updated this announcement by indicating that 98 countries would be included. on the go-ahead list.

The caveat is that travelers should be part of pre-packaged tour groups. But after more than two years of pandemic shutdowns, this is a big step forward and very positive news for travel agencies in Canada selling package tours to Japan.

JNTO Chairman Seino Satoshi issued a statement following news of the reopening.

“Despite the pandemic, we have worked with inbound tourism stakeholders to prepare for its recovery. We will welcome the return of international tourists to Japan as the first step in the resumption of inbound tourism,” he said.

“I wholeheartedly welcome the accelerated pace at which the international community is preparing for the resumption of travel for tourism purposes. The government announced a policy that Japan would take steps to join in this effort. I see this as a first step towards the recovery of inbound tourism in Japan.

“JNTO is working with local governments and DMOs in Japan, as well as domestic and foreign travel agencies, airlines and other organizations, to prepare for the resumption of inbound travel. In anticipation of major international events, such as the UNWTO World Food Tourism Forum in December this year, the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) in 2023 and Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, we We will intensify our efforts to publish information on tourism.”

He added that the JNTO plans to roll out promotions in light of Japan’s updated policy on accepting incoming visitors.

More information is available on the JNTO website, which can be found here, and click here for JNTO’s “COVID-19: Practical information for traveling to Japan”.