Travel Advice

Before traveling to Niseko, it is important to check the latest updates and information regarding COVID-19 restrictions. We have put together the following information to help travelers stay up to date. For all official information, please refer to the Japanese Government websites.


Can I Enter Japan for a holiday?

Japan has closed its borders to new international arrivals. Tourists are not currently allowed to enter Japan. Only Japanese citizens, permanent residents, and those with special permission (such as business travelers or students) are able to enter Japan. Additionally, Japan has announced that foreign residents and holders of re-entry permits coming from specified countries will be denied entry. Since Japan has suspended issuing most visas and has suspended visa-free travel, it is not possible for the majority of travelers to enter Japan. See the latest information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan website.

How about quarantine?

Most fully vaccinated travellers who have also received a booster do not need to quarantine. You must provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure when traveling to Japan. If you have not been fully vaccinated or have not received a booster shot, you must quarantine and self isolate. Public transport is allowed to be used during the self-isolation period which includes traveling to your self-isolation location.

Travellers who are able to enter Japan must fill out a questionnaire from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare before travelling to Japan. A QR code will be generated which must be shown when arriving in Japan.

What measures are being taken in Niseko?

Businesses in Niseko have implemented a number of safety measures. Staff wear masks, hand sanitizer is available, clear dividers are often used as well as a number of other measures. A large number of local staff have been vaccinated, and the general infection rate is very low in Japan.

What do I need to do when visiting Niseko?

Follow the New Niseko Travel Journey guidelines. Travelers are asked to wear a mask, wash and sanitize their hands regularly, check their temperature, avoid crowds, practice social distancing, avoid touching souvenirs, and use cashless payments where possible.

Latest News

Check out the latest news and information being published about COVID-19 in Japan.

Published: 6 May 2022

Government considering phased resumption of acceptance of foreign tourists starting next month

Published: 6 May 2022

Japan to Allow Tourist Groups as Soon as This Month, Report Says

Published: 2 April 2022

Japan lowers travel warnings for U.S., Thailand, 100 other nations

Published: 29 January 2022

Japan cuts quarantine for those entering country from 10 days to seven

Published: 1 December 2021

MOFA: Foreigners and Foreign Residents coming from 10 different countries to be denied entry

Published: 29 November 2021

Nikkei News: Amid Omicron, Japan Government will suspend plans to allow new foreigners travelling into Japan

Published: 16 November 2021

TBS News: Quarrantine Process Partially Simplified from 17th November

Published: 5 November 2021

NIKKEI: Quarantine Rules Relaxed – 3 days if Vaccinated

Published: 2 November 2021

Reuters: Japan eases COVID-19 border restrictions

Published: 19 October 2021

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