The strict border restrictions of Japan they will be relaxed next month, the prime minister announced on Thursday, allowing tourists to enter easily for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
At a press conference at the foot of Central Park in New York, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that Tourists will be welcome again from October 11.
Also, a cap on the number of tourists granted entry will be completely removed, which has increased gradually this year. And visa requirements that were imposed in response to the pandemic will also be rescinded.
Japan’s harsh restrictions due to COVID-19 caused the number of visitors to plummet, affecting its tourism sector. Although foreign tourists were welcomed in June after a hiatus of more than two years, the reopening has been confusing for many.
Kishida said a campaign will be launched to boost the sightseeing offering discounts.
“We hope that many citizens take advantage,” he said as he finished a trip to New York.
Many countries lifted their COVID-19 restrictions a long time ago. Some tourists have moved their vacations to Asian nations such as South Korea and Thailand, which have more flexible rules.
Kishida was speaking on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. In other comments, he called for a reform of the Security Council. He also said that Japan “I would boldly take the necessary measures” to combat the excessive fluctuation of the yen, which has fallen to its lowest level against the US dollar in more than two decades.
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