Starting Oct 11, passport holders of 68 country/regions will no longer require a visa for short-term stays.
Also the daily cap will be removed and independent tourists permitted.
Daily cap raised to 50,000 per day. Pre-boarding testing no longer required for those who have gotten three vaccinations.
"Self-guided tours" are allowed starting today. A travel agent must still sponsor your visit, and they must make the flight/hotel arrangements for you.
Anyone wishing to make flight/hotel arrangements on their own will be required to book a tour through agency with a guide/conductor accompanying you. However some free days are now allowed.
Agencies that offer just the sponsorship (ERFS certificate) without any tourguide/flight/accommodation arrangements would be in violation of the guidelines. To what extent these guidelines will be enforced remains to be seen.
Citizens of US and Canada can apply for a visa through the newly created JAPAN eVisa system.
There is no change in eligibility - tourists need to first make a booking through authorized travel agent in Japan and obtain the "ERFS certificate" before proceeding with the visa.
Tourists are now allowed within the daily limit of 20,000. However it is necessary to have tour guide/conductor accompany you. The visa exemption program continues to be suspended.
From June 1st, the daily limit will be raised to 20,000.
Visitors from about 100 countries including US/UK ("low-risk nations") will no longer be required to do the on-arrival testing or quarantine regardless of their vaccination status.
See the below for the breakdown of countries ("blue" countries are considered to be of low-risk)
Prime Minister Kishida said during his stay in London that further easing of the restrictions will be coming in June, without mentioning any specifics.
Effective April 8
The government will lift the foreigner entry ban for 106 countries including US, Canada, UK, Germany and France. However as visas will not be issued except for special circumstances, there is hardly any actual change taking place. The visa exemption program continues to be suspended.
The quarantine rules were also relaxed, and there is no longer a ban on the use of public transport. Whether or not you have received the booster shot (Pfizer/Moderna) determines the need to self-quarantine.
Details can be found here:
Always check official information on the MOFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) website!