Japan Drops RT-PCR Requirement for Triple-Vaccinated Tourists
While COVID-19 still persists in most parts of the globe, countries are already reopening their borders to jumpstart their tourism. Japan, for one, opened its borders to international tourists on June 10—as long as you're part of a guided tour. But Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Wednesday, August 31, that the country is allowing the entry of guests on non-guided tours, as long they organize their visits through an accredited travel agency, as reported by NHK. The pre-arrival RT-PCR test has also been dropped if you're fully vaccinated with a booster. These relaxed rules are effective starting September 7.
"In countries worldwide, international exchange is growing. To participate in these exchanges and to benefit from the weaker yen, we will raise the daily arrival cap to 50,000 from September 7, as well as allow (tourists on) non-guided tours from all countries to enter the country," Kishida said as quoted by The Japan Times. Their daily tourist cap was previously at 20,000.
Philippine passport holders are required to apply for a visa when visiting Japan as a tourist.