For travel agencies, Land operarion in Japan and ERFS registration

Dear travel agencies,
(This post is for  B to B)
This is Hirokane ISHIKAKI, the manager of Local Travel Partners.
I hope you are doing well.
Due to Japanese government’s polices, Japan can welcome only limited travelers from abroad at this moment.
But recently, a few regulations have been removed.

Now the Japanese government requires conditions below.

Below is my understanding after hearing PM Kishida’s online press conference and reading newspapers. (today=August 26th, 2022)
1), VISA
2), ERFS (Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System)
The host travel agency in Japan (like our company) applies to the government for information on incoming travelers and obtains approval.
You need to submit ERFS when you apply for visa to the Japanese embassy.
3), Tours which are arranged by travel agencies (No individual trip booked by travelers by themselves) 
4), Wearing masks (as he did not say “no need to wear masks”)

Not requred
1), If you have been vaccinated 3 times, PCR test before entering Japan is not required from September 7th.
2), A tour guide companion is not a must. (from when? It is not specified yet.)

If you have guests who are planning to travel to Japan under your ordermade tours, please contact us.
We can support land operation and ERFS register.

I do hope the government reopen the borders completely without requiring ERFS and visa as soon as possible.
But at this moment, this is the only way to welcome guests from abroad.

I look forward to working with you and welcoming your guests.

Visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Best regards,


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