NEWS: Japan Allows Non-Guided Tour Entries, Raises Max Daily Entries to 50,000 – Forum

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2022 9:33 am Reply with quote
As always, it’s the details that matter.

The requirements for a pre-approved travel plan in order to get an ERFS certificate and visa seem to be remaining.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2022 9:41 am Reply with quote

“Sponsors”? Can my Onlyfans sponsors send me to Japan then? And are individual travelers allowed again, even if it must be through an agency, or not? How do they always use either needlessly specific, or uselessly vague wording about it …

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2022 10:28 am Reply with quote

Getting closer and closer to regular tourism. I really want to go to Japan next year …

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2022 10:43 am Reply with quote

kuma991 wrote:

“Sponsors”? Can my Onlyfans sponsors send me to Japan then? And are individual travelers allowed again, even if it must be through an agency, or not? How do they always use either needlessly specific, or uselessly vague wording about it …

You can book individual travel via an agency. I know with the rise of the internet they’ve become out of fashion (and AAA has told me in the past they don’t really do Japan, so that doesn’t help) but they are certainly still around and Japan-based agencies usually have flash sales on airfare, too.

While I imagine there’s a side benefit that would help the agencies who have probably been floundering over the past 2 years, I assume the primary reason for the restriction is still have some assurance and control over who is coming in and out of the country. You still can’t spontaneously travel to Japan, but with 170,000 new cases daily I’m not sure I would want to.


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HueyLion

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2022 11:06 am Reply with quote

I think they are just slowly preparing for everyone to flood into the country, since Japan is generally one of the top 10 places to visit in tourism.

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kuma991

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2022 11:11 am Reply with quote

Joe Mello wrote:

You can book individual travel via an agency.

Can I though?

https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/101_kishida/statement/2022/0831kaiken2.html

「9月 7 日 より 入国 者 者 数 上限 上限 を 5 人 に 引き上げる とともに 、 の 国 を 対象 に 、 を を 伴わ ない パッケージ による 入国 を を と する など 、 を 行う こと こと こと と と いたし いたし」

“We will allow all countries to enter on package tours without a tour guide,” is all Kishida said about it. No date, no details, just a general intention. Which has been the case since the Olympics.

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Greed1914

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2022 12:21 pm Reply with quote
I’m not sure what “sponsors” means in this context. Maybe a situation where somebody comes for a business purpose, but stays longer to add in some sight-seeing? Or is it something where an agency makes an itinerary, sells it, and then the person is otherwise on their own? Having a travel agency contact sounds more like a self-made itinerary that is then given over to a travel agency.

The allowance for non-guided tourism that also has to somehow tracked by a travel agency sure sounds like a good deal for those companies. They either get paid as part of the cost of entry without having to do a whole lot else, or people come to them and pay for a package because they decide it’s too much hassle to figure out, especially if there is a chance that not doing things exactly right means you can’t go or get stuck at an airport until it’s fixed.


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AJ (LordNikon)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2022 12:23 pm Reply with quote

Joe Mello wrote:
kuma991 wrote:

“Sponsors”? Can my Onlyfans sponsors send me to Japan then? And are individual travelers allowed again, even if it must be through an agency, or not? How do they always use either needlessly specific, or uselessly vague wording about it …

You can book individual travel via an agency. I know with the rise of the internet they’ve become out of fashion (and AAA has told me in the past they don’t really do Japan, so that doesn’t help) but they are certainly still around and Japan-based agencies usually have flash sales on airfare, too.

While I imagine there’s a side benefit that would help the agencies who have probably been floundering over the past 2 years, I assume the primary reason for the restriction is still have some assurance and control over who is coming in and out of the country. You still can’t spontaneously travel to Japan, but with 170,000 new cases daily I’m not sure I would want to.

I leave Thursday to return to Japan after two years of staying in America with with my kids / grandkids. When I go to Embassy in DC, there were few tourists applying and had to be represented by JTA agents. A young man in twenties had to have JALPAK agent with him to sign his permission di lui that he is part of registered tour group.

Still, 50k day, that is 350’000 per week or 1.4m per month !!!


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