Japan to Officially Drop Daily Traveler Limit, Lift Ban on Individual Travel in October

For the first time in nearly two-and-a-half years, Japan is opening its border to foreigners without heavy COVID restrictions.  

Starting Oct. 11, individual international travelers will be able to enter Japan without being part of a tour group. Japan is ending its international daily arrivals cap and will reinstate visa waivers. The daily visitor cap is currently at 50,000 and had been as low as 20,000 just a few weeks ago.

According to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who spoke in New York on Thursday while attending the UN General Assembly meeting, Japan’s border control measures “will be on par” with the U.S.’s border measures starting on Oct. 11.

Kishida said that Japan plans to introduce some discounts for domestic travel at the same time. He did not comment on inbound testing rules. 

Travelers coming into Japan will be able to take advantage of a weakened yen, which has dropped to its lowest point, compared with the U.S. dollar, in almost 25 years.