Australians can finally book a trip to Japan after two long years of the holiday hotspot being closed to tourists.
Japan had some of the strictest border controls in the world when Covid wreaked havoc around the world, but after nearly two and a half years of blocking tourists, the nation is finally welcoming tourists who want to travel visa-free.
Before October 11, only those traveling in a registered tourist group could enter the Asian country.
Japan has also removed all its entry limits after restricting visitors to 50,000 a day in September.
While there are still checkpoints for travelers wanting to visit Tokyo, Osaka, or Japan’s myriad other popular destinations, the process of getting through the airport was significantly smoother than Australia’s other favorite vacation spot: Bali.
Australians can finally book a trip to Japan after two long years of the holiday hotspot being closed to tourists (Mount Fuji pictured)
Australians flocked to Bali once the Indonesian island opened its borders on March 14, but for those who have been in recent months, getting through customs is no easy feat.
Countless exhausted and cranky travelers regularly vent their frustration online and in person at waiting in hours-long queues at Bali’s Denpasar airport as they queue to show proof of vaccinations and purchase their visas.
A customs declaration must also be completed online, while those heading to Bali had to download the Peduli Lindungi app.
However, landing at Japan’s Narita Airport is a different story: most passengers are in and out in half an hour.
Visitors to Japan must have proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours, or show that they have received three vaccinations, and are asked to upload their personal details on the Visit Japan website.
This streamlines the process at the airport, allowing travelers to land in Japan paperwork-free in a matter of minutes.
Japan had some of the strictest Covid border controls in the world when the virus wreaked havoc around the world, and only last month it welcomed visitors who wanted to travel visa-free (Tokyo pictured)
Jetstar has been quick to resume flights to Japan, with tickets for a direct flight from Cairns to Tokyo currently on sale for as low as $404.
Qantas offers direct flights to Tokyo from cities like Sydney and Melbourne, while Jetstar only offers non-stop routes from Cairns and the Gold Coast, three times a week.
Jetstar’s chief commercial and customer service officer, Alan McIntyre, said Japan was one of the airline’s most popular travel destinations before Covid hit, with 21.6 million Australians and New Zealanders traveling to the country each year. .
Qantas offers direct flights to Tokyo from cities like Sydney and Melbourne while the low-cost airline only offers non-stop routes from Cairns and the Gold Coast, three times a week.
“As the only low-cost airline to operate non-stop flights between Australia and Japan, we have seen strong demand for our services since the government announced the lifting of entry requirements, proving that Japan remains a must-visit destination. for Australians”. he said.
The flight from Cairns to Narita takes seven hours, but those looking for a little more comfort on the plane can spend a little extra money on Jetstar’s business class option.
While it’s significantly more comfortable than a budget seat, it’s still a cheap deal, and the chairs don’t lie completely flat.
But the meals are delicious, the chairs are big and roomy, and there’s plenty of free food and alcohol to go around.
The flight from Cairns to Narita is seven hours, and those looking for a little more comfort on the plane can check out Jetstar’s business class option.
While it’s significantly more comfortable than a budget seat, it’s still a cheap deal and the chairs don’t lie completely flat.
Jetstar’s cost of business is also priced significantly lower than other airlines, with high-end seats from Cairns to Narita costing as low as $1139, and the same from Cairns to Osaka.
“Our Business Class offering is a great way for customers to enjoy a more comfortable travel experience at an affordable price, especially when compared to the cost of similar services with full-service carriers,” said Mr. McIntyre.
Guests traveling on business will be able to check in 30 kg of luggage, will be provided with entertainment and noise canceling headphones, and their own amenity kit.
The kit includes an eye mask, socks, toothbrush and toothpaste, earplugs, hand cream and lip balm, and a Jetstar-brand pen.
This journalist was a guest of Jetstar.
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