ANA at Tokyo International Airport
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ANA will increase international flights for Japan’s full border reopening

Hopefully this means more flights at reasonable ticket prices and more tourists are able to visit Japan soon

Lim Chee Wah
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Lim Chee Wah

Japan has finally decided to fully reopen its borders for international tourism. After two-plus years of tight border restrictions, tourists can finally visit Japan visa-free and they no longer need to book their trips through travel agencies. The daily entry cap of 50,000 arriving travellers will also be scrapped entirely. This highly anticipated ease in restrictions will take effect Tuesday October 11. More details regarding the visa-free entry as well as Covid-19 vaccine-related requirements will be announced soon.

Since this major announcement last week on September 22, airlines have seen a surge in bookings for flights into Japan. With the rising demand, many hopeful tourists have noticed that flight prices have also increased considerably. One of the reasons for this price hike could be that flights to Japan are still limited for the time being due to the current border restrictions.

However, as reported by The Japan Times, All Nippon Airways has announced that it will be increasing its international flights into Japan to meet the surge in demand. No further details are available at this moment, but we hope that the added flights will help regulate flight prices and more tourists can travel to Japan.

Autumn and winter are some of the best times to visit Japan. These two seasons are traditionally also peak tourist seasons. This full reopening of borders on October 11, though long overdue, comes at just the right time.

Are you travelling to Japan on or after October 11? Read our guide on visa-free travel, valid vaccines, PCR tests and more here

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