Japan allows medical travellers

Social distancing sign with footprints icon urging travelers to keep 2 meters apart in the departure terminal 3 of International Airport in Tokyo, Japan.

After two years of a closed border, Japan has begun to ease entry restrictions.  The key change is removing the ban on all non-resident foreigners entering the country. Tourists are still not allowed in but business travellers and other international arrivals visiting for non-tourist purposes, including medical treatment, are now welcomed.

Quarantine rules remain for all travellers, but the quarantine period for international arrivals to Japan has been reduced from seven to three days, as long as they have both injections and have received a booster dose.

There are confusing and vague rules where people from countries that have the outbreak under control can avoid quarantine; it is currently not known what the phrase means and how the countries are checked.

Japan has increased the cap on daily international arrivals allowed to enter the country from 3,500 to 5,000. Japan’s travel guidance will continue to be reviewed and easing measures may go backward or forward.

As yet there are no moves from the government, state agencies or hospitals to begin promoting inbound medical tourism.