Domestic travel sales of 43 travel companies in Japan in September 2022 recovered to 80% of the 2019 level
Sales of 43 major travel companies increased by 114.3% year on year to 227 billion JPY in total in September 2022. Sales in domestic travel were up 94.2% year on year to 186.5 billion JPY, which were down 21% compared to September 2019.
Web-based CIQ for Japan ‘Visit Japan Web’ integrates health app ‘MySOS’ to make faster immigration possible
Digital Agency of Japan will integrate ‘My SOS,’ a health certificate app, into ‘Visit Japan Web’ on November 1 2022 to make faster immigration possible.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan lowered COVID-19 travel warning worldwide to LEVEL 1 (Be careful of traveling) on October 19 2022.
Passport renewal in Japan will be made possible online on March 27 2023. A Japanese passport holder will no longer visit an application window for passport renewal procedure.
Korean Air will largely increase flights for Japan after October 2022, expecting to restart two-way traffic between Japan and South Korea in earnest, resuming Fukuoka and Sapporo services.
Qantas Airways is driving tourism promotion in Japan in earnest with restart of Haneda-Sydney services
Resuming three flights a week between Haneda and Sydney with A330-300 (28 business class seats and 260 economy class seats) on September 13, Qantas Airways is restarting tourism promotion activities in Japan in earnest.
Atout France or a France tourism development agency, hosted ‘Rugby World Cup 2023-1 Year to Go Reception,' expecting that the big sports event will be a chance to increase Japanese travelers to France.
The tourism promotion committee for Taiwan in Japan met the counterpart in Taiwan in Taoyuan City, Taiwan for 2022 Japan-Taiwan Tourism Summit to share a goal to achieve 7.5 million two-way travelers a year.
Three doses vaccination travelers will no longer need PCR negative certificate for entry into Japan on September 7
Japan will lift requirement of negative certificates on PCR test within 72 hours before leaving a destination on September 7, but maintain a cap of 20,000 entries a day for a while.
HIS received 1374.5% more overseas travel bookings for the period than a year ago, and the average expenses are up 30.5% to 216,800 JPY year on year or even up 90.3% compared to 2019. The most-booked destination was Hawaii.
PCR negative certificate even before departing Japan is acceptable for a three-days or shorter overseas trip
The new PCR rule is that a negative certificate even before departing Japan is accepted for a three-days (72 hours) or shorter overseas trip, which means a Japanese citizen no longer needs a negative certificate in a destination.
Japanese travelers not returning home from Bali, Indonesia appear one after another due to positive on local PCR test
Japanese travelers who cannot return home have recently increased because of positive results on local PCR tests before leaving Bali, according to Consulate-General of Japan in Denpasar, Bari, Indonesia.
A Japanese traditional travel agent ties up with OTA to sell individual overseas travel reciprocally
Hankyu Travel International, a Japanese traditional travel agent, signed a business partnership agreement with AirTrip, a Japanese OTA, to sell overseas travel products for individual travelers reciprocally.
Queensland Tourism restarts promotion to attract Japanese travelers with Jetstar resuming Narita-Cairns services
Jetstar resumed five flights a week between Narita and Cairns on July 20 2022 for the first time in two years and a half. Tourism organizations in Queensland has restarted promotional activities for Japan market.
A travel association of Japan holds postponement of a nationwide travel demand boosting campaign in check
Hiroyuki Takahashi, Chairman at Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA), checked postponement of a nationwide travel demand boosting campaign and claimed elimination of three barriers against cross-border travel.
Watabe Wedding, an offshore wedding company of Japan, has received about 7 times more wedding bookings in Hawaii by Japanese couples in September to November this year than May 2022.
A Japanese tour operators association warns Japan is not selected as a tourist destination if the regulations goes on
Overseas Tour Operators Association of Japan or OTOA demanded further deregulations of cross-border tourism and called for global standard dealings to Japaneses travel companies. Chairman said Japan is not selected as a tourist destination if the regulations goes on.
Three-in-four Japanese couples want to honeymoon overseas unless the pandemic happens, according to Expedia Japan survey. The mots popular destination is Hokkaido, followed by Hawaii and Okinawa, including future honeymooners.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan lowers the COVID-19-related travel warning to LEVEL 1 in 36 countries and regions
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan lowered the COVID-19-related travel warning from LEVEL 2 “Avoid unessential travel’ to LEVEL 1 ‘Traveling carefully’ in 36 countries and regions.
Japanese tourism organizations and transportation companies demand ease of travel restrictions to the Transport Minister
Tourism-related organizations, including Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) and Japan Travel and Tourism Association, ANA, JAL and JR Group together requested ease of travel restrictions to Tetsuo Saito, Minster of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.