International business events are back in Japan

Since 11th October, Japan once again allows citizens from 68 countries and regions to visit Japan without a visa! You can check the updated guidelines on entry to Japan on the Japan National Tourism Organization’s website.

Visitors are required to provide either a valid vaccination certificate (at least 3 doses) or a negative PCR test result (conducted within 72 hours before departure).

This new step towards Japan’s reopening allows the return of in-person international events, and offers the opportunity for event planners overseas to resume – or launch! – their activity in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Throughout October and November, Japan has already seen in-person international events coming back. Large-scale conferences successfully took place, such as the 29th Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH 2022) with 1,500 onsite participants and the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2022) with 3,800 onsite participants, all held in hybrid formats.

Additionally, Japanese cities have reaffirmed their attractiveness among associations, with several hosts of futures conferences having been recently announced. For example, Tokyo will welcome the World Congress of the International Federation of Fertility Societies in 2025 (IFFS 2025), where more than 4,000 delegates are expected to gather.

As Ms Yoko TAKANO – General Director of JNTO’s Paris office – points out, “thanks to hybrid event technologies, Japan did host international events over the last two years, with on-site participants from Japan and online participants from abroad. Today, it is a great pleasure to finally welcome back visitors from a large number of countries and have these irreplaceable face-to-face meetings.”

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Tijn Kramer