• 9/23/2022 2:00 AM
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Japan opens up to foreign tourists after more than two years!

Japan will allow visitors to travel freely for the first time in nearly two and a half years.

Speaking at the New York Stock Exchange, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said individual travel and visa-free entry would resume from October 11 as pandemic had interrupted the free flow of people, goods, and capital.

At the same time, it will also scrap a daily cap on arrivals to the country, currently set at 50,000, and may revise regulations on hotels, allowing them to refuse guests who don’t abide by infection controls, such as mask wearing, during an outbreak, domestic media reported.

From Oct. 11, Japan will restore individual tourism and visa-waiver travel to visitors but they still need to prove their triple vaccination status and submit a negative Covid test result to enter.

“I would like to support the lodging, travel, and entertainment industries that have struggled during the coronavirus pandemic,” Kishida said at the conference.

The prime minister’s action to stimulate the Japanese economy comes after the yen declined to its lowest levels against the dollar in almost a quarter of a century, making foreign travel and purchases in the country the cheapest in decades.

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