UPDATED: This is the latest information as of 22 November 2021. The article will be updated as new information arises. If you have any questions regarding the current situation in Niseko, please contact our team at [email protected].
Japan has made great progress with vaccinating the country’s population. After a slow start early this year, the country has now achieved 79% for first doses as of 21 November 2021.
The successful vaccination rate has led Japan to re-opening its borders. The country is taking a gradual approach with business travellers and international students currently given permission to enter. Quarantine is still required, the duration dependent on the country the traveller is from, whether they have been vaccinated and which vaccination they have taken. Currently, the approved vaccines for shorter quarantine are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson vaccines. A valid vaccination certificate of Covid-19 must be provided as proof on entry to Japan.
Vaccinations in Niseko
Vaccinations of the general population in Kutchan town (the town to which Niseko Hirafu and Hanazono ski resorts belong) have now been completed. There are still a small group of residents who are to be vaccinated, which will take place over the winter months.
A mass vaccination drive was also completed for Niseko tourism-related businesses in early July. This initiative was implemented to ensure that businesses in Niseko would be prepared and the area operationally safe for the coming winter season.
A positive outlook ahead
The Japanese government is making a conscious effort with roadmapping the re-opening of the country’s borders. The recent entry ban removal for business travel and international students; the decrease in the quarantine period of vaccinated travellers; and suggestions that entry for tourists may start as early as end of this year, are all steps in the right direction. Although international guests will be unable to travel to Niseko for the beginning of the 2021/2022 winter season, the outlook is positive for the resumption of travel for the Chinese New Year and Easter holiday periods.