Finally, Japan will also remove the limit on daily arrivals on 11 October. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday as part of the easing of COVID-19 border controls.
Japan will also resume individual visa-free travel to the country by canceling the same day as the daily limit, currently set at 50,000, expires.
A lot of pressure was put on the Japanese tourism sector, which after the reopening of all the other countries belonging to the G7, kept its borders closed to control the spread of the new coronavirus. The closures were considered too severe
Kishida announced the reopening after participating in the annual general debate of the United Nations General Assembly.
However, Kishida had already stated that the government would further loosen border control measures to make its entry procedures more streamlined and similar to other Group of Seven countries.
a third largest in the world, which has been hit hard by the absence of tourists from abroad due to COVID-19 border controls. So by abandoning the daily entry limit, Japan aims to revive its economy by attracting even with a very weak Yen tourists ready to visit and spend in the Land of the Rising Sun.
In 2019, a record 31.9 million tourists visited Japan, with over 2 million visitors per month. The estimated monthly figure for August this year was 169,800, according to the Japanese National Tourism Organization. We will try to restart to reach the 40 million mark in the next few years.
Earlier this month, Japan raised its daily entry limit to 50,000 from 20,000, after previously raising it from 10,000 in June.
To revive domestic tourism as well, Kishida said the government will also restart its nationwide subsidy program on 11 October.
Expanding the scope of the national tourism campaign introduced by each Japanese prefecture, the program offers financial assistance of up to 11,000 yen (Euro 77) per person for a one-night stay.
“I hope as many people as possible will use (the program), which would support the tourism and entertainment industries,” Kishida said.
The die is cast, and Japan is ready to restart and give life to its tourist activities.
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