“Step by step we will aim for acceptance [tourists] As we used to do in normal times, taking into account the state of infection.
Visitors from low-risk countries will not have to show proof of vaccination and will no need For isolation or testing on arrival regardless of their vaccination status. according to Checklist Published by the Japan National Tourism Organization, travelers must show evidence of a negative test within 72 hours of leaving the country.
The number of people allowed into the country per day will increase to 20,000 from the current maximum of 10,000. The current number includes business travelers, foreign workers, and students but not tourists.
Japan has tightly under control Its borders have been around the pandemic and has continued to ban tourists even after many other Asian destinations have started welcome Return visitors. With leisure travelers banned, only 250,000 visited the country last year, compared to more than 30 million a year before the pandemic.
The country’s tourism agency estimated that just over 100,000 people visited the country between January and March compared to more than 8 million during the same period in 2019.
Sino Satoshi, head of the Japan National Tourism Organization, said in a statement that the group is working with local governments, destination marketing organizations, travel agencies at home and abroad, airlines and others to prepare for the start of domestic travel again.
“I warmly welcome the accelerating pace with which the international community is preparing for the revival of tourism travel,” he said. The government has announced a policy for Japan to take action to join this effort. I am taking this as a first step towards the recovery of inbound tourism to Japan.”
Peggy Goldman, president and co-owner of the tour company Friendly Planet Travel, On Friday, she said her company was preparing to bring tourists back to Japan. Given the restrictions on the number of people who can come into the country, she expects to return slowly.
“Honestly, I don’t think we’ll really be able to start a strong tourism program before next spring,” she said.
“There is a demand,” she said. “We’ll be able to assess our demand once we tell people that we’re starting to make reservations.”
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