Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Delhi office recently held a three-city seminar in Delhi, Bengaluru, and Mumbai. The three-city tour was conceptualised to refresh and maintain top-of-mind recall for Japan. The seminar also served as a platform to inform Indian travel trade partners about the new travel regulations and update them on the new tourism attractions in Japan. Japan opened its borders to Indian FIT tourists on October 11, 2022.
Around 28 to 30 travel agents attended the session in each city. Three DMCs from Japan, along with senior delegates from Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, were part of the seminar. Yusuke Yamamoto, Executive Director, JNTO, Delhi Office, addressed the trade queries concerning Japan’s latest travel rules and new attractions.
Presently, tourists and business travellers are allowed to move freely around the country. To enter Japan, travellers must be fully vaccinated (including their initial vaccination course and a booster) or show proof of a negative covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight departure. Travellers must register for Fast Track via the ‘Visit Japan’ web portal. Upon registering, travellers must also fill out a fast-track questionnaire, upload a photo of their passport, vaccination card, or COVID-19 test results, then review and submit. It is recommended that they do it at least a day before the scheduled departure. The Fast Track function was added to the Visit Japan web portal on November 1, 2022.