Japan Tourism Agency draws up a plan to boost outbound travel with three actions
Japan Tourism Agency drew up a policy package to recover the outbound travel market, expecting to achieve 20 million travelers, the 2019 level, as soon as possible.
Issued Japanese passports increased in 2022, but valid passport holders decreased
the number of issued Japanese passports in 2022 was up 117.5% to about 1.37 million, but valid passports as of the end of 2022 reduced from 24 million a year ago to 21.7 million.
More than 90% of Japanese Generation Z who have experienced overseas travels want to travel overseas this year
More than 90% of Japanese Generation Z who have experienced overseas travels say that they want to go overseas within this year, according to Japan Tourism Agency's survey. The most-focused point to choose a destination is ‘security’ with 73%.
Hawaiian Airlines will restart Honolulu-Fukuoka services on April 28 2023
Hawaiian Airlines will restart three flights a week between Honolulu and Fukuoka on April 28 2023, expecting to carry leisure travelers from Kyushu area.
China suspends visa issuance to Japanese travelers as payback against tighter border control for travelers from China by the Japanese government
The Chinese Embassy in Japan announced suspension of visa issuance to Japanese travelers on January 11 2023, as payback against tighter border control for travelers from China by the Japanese government.
Yusen Cruise of Japan cancels ‘Asuka II’ world tour cruise in 2023 because smooth operation is not guaranteed
Yusen Cruise has decided to cancel 104 days-long ‘Asuka II World Tour Cruise 2023,' explaining that the decision resulted from the global COVID-19 situation and geopolitical difficulties.
Virgin Australia will launch its first Japan service from Cairns in June 2023, expanding code-shares with ANA
Virgin Australia announced launch of its first Japan service between Cairns and Haneda with the Boeing 737-8 on June 28 2023, expanding code-share flights with ANA. They expect that Japanese passengers may be 60 to 70% of the total on average through a year.
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
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
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 augments services for Japan after October 2022, resuming Fukuoka and Sapporo flights
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.
France expects Rugby World Cup 2023 will be a big chance to increase Japanese travelers
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.
Japan and Taiwan are working together for 7.5 million two-way travelers a year
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.
The most-booked overseas destination in this autumn is Hawaii with honeymoon demand resumed
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.