Japan to open up the country on October 11

Japan to open up the country on October 11

Kanako Mita and Tomoko Hara

Modern Tokyo Times

The long shadow of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in Japan related to international travel is coming to an end. Thus Japan will restore visa-free visits to the country once more – from October 11. Therefore, the number of entrants per day, the ban on individual tourism, and other restrictions will cease. 

Kyodo News reports, “On the same day as the expiration of the daily cap, currently set at 50,000, Japan will also resume visa-free individual trips to the country, Kishida told a press conference in New York.”

Non-Japanese citizens connected to the country related to business dealings, family relations, work, students, and others – suffered greatly since coronavirus restrictions were put on individuals entering the country. Therefore, it was always much easier for Japanese nationals to travel abroad. 

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is finally playing catch-up with other G-7 nations. However, with Japan having the most weekly infections in the world in recent times – the numbers are now coming down – then picking on foreign nationals was rendered shortsighted. 

Voice of America reports, “The changes come as Japan records the highest 28-day average of cases in the world, 3,052,150, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center.”

Shinzo Abe, the late former leader of Japan, had targeted the expansion of tourism before the coronavirus crisis emerged. In 2019, a tourist record of 31.9 million people was reached under Abe’s guidance. Therefore, this sector seeks to expand internal and external tourism to help the fragile economy. 

Individuals who haven’t been vaccinated three times will need to provide a negative coronavirus sample before travel. Hence, Japan is hoping for a strong rebound later in the year – or early next year.

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