Beware Premature Calls of Japan’s “Re-Opening”

Beware Premature Calls of Japan’s “Re-Opening”

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Many are calling Japan "open for travel" in the wake of the government's new announcements. But is it really?

UPDATE: Japan will officially reopen for visa-free tourism on October 11th.

A few weeks ago, someone contacted UJ about promoting an article they wrote for their travel site. It touted the news that Japan would now allow US and Canadian citizens to get tourist visas to the country electronically.

Since the pandemic, Japan has suspended its visa-free relations with all countries. To get a visa, you have to go to an Japanese Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

So this was a small step in the right direction. But many other restrictions remained in place. At the time, you had to purchase travel packages through a group tour. And you had to stay with your tour guide the entire time.

So basically, the North Korean Tourist Package.

I pointed this out to the author, who didn’t mention any of this on their Web site. Will you be making a correction, I wondered?

Crickets.

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Moral of the story: a lot of people are trying to profit off of Japan “opening” for travel – even though it’s still a ways off from being fully open.

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Jay Allen

Jay manages the technical writing practice for ercule, an SEO, content strategy and analytics firm. A lifelong geek, wordsmith, and language fanatic, he has level N1 certification in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

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