Japan allows limited entry for tourists from the United States, Australia, Thailand and Singapore

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Limited tourism activity to serve as a ‘trial’ of the possibility of fully reopening the country in June


The Japanese government announced on Tuesday that it will begin accepting tourists from the United States, Australia, Thailand and Singapore later this month. Tourists will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with three shots, and should only travel in fixed group tour packages so that governments can easily manage their activities.

The limited openness to tourism will be a test run of the possibility of the country fully opening up to tourism in June, with the government also considering doubling the maximum daily allowed entry into the country from 10,000 to 20,000 people.

Fuji News Network reported earlier this month that the government is considering opening the country’s borders to small groups of foreign tourists who have been fully vaccinated this month.

Japan began easing COVID-19 entry restrictions for foreign students and business travelers (if they have sponsors) on March 1. In addition, the government increased the number of people (Japanese and foreigners combined) allowed in from 3,500 to 5,000 per day, and shortened the COVID-19 quarantine period from seven to three days. The government then raised the daily limit to 7,000 on March 14, and again to 10,000 on April 10.

The border control measure that began in late November was in response to the global spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The Japanese government also extended border restrictions to February, when it imposed a ban on new foreign arrivals, in order to curb the spread.

Japan banned entry to all foreign tourists early in the pandemic in 2020.

source: Mainichi


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