Good news, Disney Fanatics! The dreams of visiting Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea can once again come true!
The bad news: you will probably need to get a Visa, and for Americans, the line to get one is very long.
As of June 10, Japan is once again open to travelers from the United States of America and 97 other nations. Prior to the pandemic-induced lockdowns, Americans were able to travel to Japan visa-free. Now, that situation appears to have changed.
“Currently, foreign nationals/people who are willing to enter Japan need a visa newly issued by embassies or consulates or consular office of Japan,” Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in its latest update about entry requirements.
Americans looking to visit the Land of the Rising Sun can apply for a travel visa with the Consulate-General of Japan in San Fransisco. Unfortunately, it appears that the desire to travel is overwhelming their systems.
On its website, the Consulate-General states,
We are currently getting a multitude of inquiries regarding traveling from the U.S. to Japan and vice versa. Due to the effects of Covid-19, we are currently operating with limited resources. Although we are trying to answer as many inquiries as possible in a timely manner, it may take us longer to respond. In order for us to provide you with the appropriate information, please see the information and resources below that may help you in the meantime. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The Consulate-General also continues to advise travelers to continue putting off visiting Japan at this time.
Travel visa applications can also be mailed in as long as the proper instructions are met. Here is the link to those instructions.
The Tokyo Disney Resort sits just outside the capital city. Owned and operated by the Oriental Land Company, it features two Theme Parks and the only Disney Monorail operating outside of the U.S. It recently opened a brand new Toy Story-themed hotel and announced plans to completely revamp its Space Mountain attraction in Tomorrowland.
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Parks-related news as more developments come to light.