Japan Reopening to Canadian Travellers: What You Need to Know

2022 is shaping up to be the year of revenge travel, and now we’re moving incredibly fast in this new world of “basically every country is open.”

After exciting reopenings by other countries in the region, Japan marks the latest country in Asia to open its borders to some Canadian travelers without quarantine.

Japan travel restrictions

Many fully vaccinated foreign travelers are allowed to travel to Japan, with minimal testing requirements and little to no quarantine.

Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

How can Canadians enter Japan?

As of March 2022, Canadians can enter Japan by air, most likely through the national capital of Tokyo. As of October 2021, when leaving Canada by air, travelers must present proof of vaccination.

Travelers from Canada must present the following:

  • Vaccination test when entering Japan.
  • TO negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the departure of the first leg of the trip.
  • He signed a written commitment.
  • Complete a health questionnaire.

Finally, do not forget to present documents that prove that you are a international student or a business traveler in order to enter the country.

Eligible Canadian travelers can submit their visa applications at the Japanese Consulates General in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto or Montreal. Visa applications take 3-5 business days to process.

We’ll be sure to update this section once Japan opens its borders to Canadians for tourism purposes as well.

Current health requirements in Japan

Ah, will the good news ever end?

March 18, 2022 marked the date Japan’s state of emergency was lifted in the remaining 18 prefectures, meaning COVID cases have subsided enough that life can return to normal.

Restaurants are fully open once again, as are movie theaters, museums, cultural events, and generally any other tourist attraction. In fact, this is the first time since October 2021 that there are no restrictions on gatherings or business hours at restaurants and bars in Japan.

Mutekiya
Mutekiya Ramen House, Tokyo

Interestingly, there are no vaccination requirements for any of the above, nor will there be vaccination checks. While everyone leaving Canada will be fully vaccinated anyway, this reduces the hassle of going about day-to-day activities.

There are still some minor restrictions, such as “non-certified restaurants” only being able to accommodate up to four people per table, but that shouldn’t have a huge impact on your trip.

Masks are required in all indoor spaces, as well as all outdoor ones where you “might run into other people,” which basically means they’re required all the time. Even as COVID-19 restrictions are gradually relaxed at home, don’t forget to maximize your baggage allowance with enough face masks.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

How to get to Japan

For East Asia, Aeroplan naturally comes to mind with its fantastic rate of 75,000 points one-way business class, provided the overall route is equal to or less than 7,500 miles flown, including all direct flights from North America.

West Coast residents in particular will benefit from Aeroplan’s fantastic sweet spot for just 55,000 points one-way for a direct flight from Vancouver or Calgary to Tokyo.

Air Canada flights can still be exorbitantly priced with dynamic pricing, so using their eUpgrades with the “Latitude Attitude” strategy is the optimal way to upgrade to a business class seat.

For those getting into the US credit card game, you can book a one-way first class trip on ANA for just 55,000 Virgin Atlantic miles from the west coast and 60,000 Virgin Atlantic miles from the East Coast.

This is arguably the best sweet spot out there right now, and there’s nothing quite like bottomless Hibiki 21 whiskey and excellent Japanese dinner in the sky to celebrate the long-awaited reopening of Japan.

With Alaska Mileage Plan, you can also fly directly on Japan Airlines for 60,000 miles in business class and 70,000 miles in First Class, another excellent sweet spot to aim for on your first academic or business visit to Japan in the post-pandemic era.

Conclution

After what seems like an eternity of being closed to the world, Japan welcomes you!

Please have your proof of vaccination, negative test, and various forms and declarations ready to submit to enter Japan, along with all your foreign student or business traveler documentation.

Of course, we’ll be sure to update this article once Japan announces a full reopening for Canadian travelers, including short-term visits for tourism purposes. I hope it won’t be too long from now!

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