Covid-19: Japan to reopen its borders to foreign tourists

Covid-19: Japan to reopen its borders to foreign tourists

Tourism is expected to resume in Japan. (©Maeda Akihiko / Wikimedia Commons)

Japan imposed entry restrictions for tourists more than two years ago to counter the Covid-19 pandemic. The government announced on Thursday 22 September 2022 that the borders will reopen from 11 October.

Digital Affairs Minister Taro Kono made the announcement on Twitter.

Shortly thereafter, the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, stated on the New York Stock Exchange that “since October 11. Japan [allait] relax border controls and re-authorize the visa waiver and individual travel.

The arrival quota was gradually increased

Since the beginning of the year, the quota for tourist arrivals has been gradually increasing. Last June, the Japanese government already allowed the return of foreign tourists to their land, but only as part of organized trips.

At the beginning of September, the facility was further released, which, according to information from, allowed tourists traveling individually but only through travel agencies FranceInfo. The quota for arrivals in the territory is currently set at 500,000.

Japan is still far from regaining pre-Covid-19 tourism levels. In 2019, the country recorded some 31.9 million foreign visitors admitted, many of whom came from China and Hong Kong. Record.

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