Chureito Pagoda and Mount Fuji (Photo: Dang Son, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons)

It won’t be as easy a trip as before the Covid-19 crisis. But it will nevertheless be an improvement on the previous situation in Japan

. The Japanese government has just announced that it will simplify the entry rules for foreign travelers traveling for business reasons.

As of Monday, November 8, Japan allows business visitors who have been fully vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna or Astra Zeneca to enter the country. Two doses of vaccine are required to enter the country.

Of course, the quarantine remains in place. But it is reduced to only three nights. After these three days, business visitors are tested. If they test negative, they are then free to move around the country. This provision is only valid for short stays in Japan that do not officially exceed three months. Employees or students going to Japan for a longer period must always quarantine themselves for two weeks.

France and other French-speaking European countries are among the countries whose vaccinated nationals are allowed.

One of the conditions is to come as a guest of a company or organization

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These will be checked by the relevant ministry or agency before issuing an entry permit. Companies will also have to monitor the activities of authorized foreigners during the first week after the end of the quarantine. Information is still lacking on how these local businesses will proceed

And since the government will continue to impose a limit of 3,500 foreign travelers entering for the time being, it is likely to take some time to plan a trip to Japan. If the conditions of travel to Japan are improving, we are still far from a total simplicity in the planning of a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun!

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Luc Citrinot