Is Japan open to travelers? Some locals are not ready to reopen borders

With countries across Asia reopening to international travelers, Japan – one of the continent’s most popular destinations – remains tightly closed. That may change soon. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Thursday at a press conference in London that Japan will ease border controls in June. Locals often celebrate the easing of border restrictions related … Read more

Should I join a group tour on my own?

Everyone told me not to travel alone during the pandemic. Especially for learning to snowboard, a sport not covered by all travel insurance policies. It didn’t help that I wanted to visit a country whose language I don’t speak. I was told that administrative matters – such as Covid tests, vaccination certificates and health declarations … Read more

Americans view Asian countries as safer to travel now than they were 4 years ago

A new study shows that American travelers perceive many Asian countries as safer travel destinations now than they were four years ago. South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, China and Vietnam rose in the annual safety ratings published by travel insurance company Berkshire Hathaway for travel protection. The survey in the State of Travel Insurance 2022 … Read more