Japan's Border Restrictions To Relax From June 1st
It was announced today that Japan will proceed to waive the majority of border restrictions from June 1st. Exemptions on testing and quarantine will be granted to 80% of travellers and the daily cap on visitors will be lifted to 20,000 arrivals.
Japan is moving away from its strict travel restrictions by allowing about 80% of inbound travelers to skip COVID tests and quarantine upon arrival. Note that for now visas are still required for entry, but Japan is currently running test cases with tourists from a few countries so hopefully everyone can come in as normal soon!
Starting June 1, the cap on daily international arrivals will also be raised to 20,000 people from 10,000 people. The eased entry rules mark a policy shift as Japan explores ways to resume inbound tourism while keeping the coronavirus at bay in a protracted pandemic.
Countries of origin will be divided into "blue," "yellow," and "red" regions based on coronavirus infection trends and rates of positive test results.
Those coming from the low-risk blue regions will not have to undergo COVID-19 tests at ports of entry nor quarantine at home or at other designated lodging. This will apply to everyone from the qualified regions regardless of their vaccination status. The government will issue an updated breakdown of the groups.
"We will likely not request tests or isolation at the time of entry for 80% of travelers," Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a news conference Friday, adding the figure represents visitors from qualifying countries and regions.
This is amazing news for travellers and investors alike. The continuing weakness in the Japanese yen makes this an amazing time to visit or purchase property.
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This information is from Nikkei Asia - read the full article here.