TOKYO. KAZINFORM – Japan will open its doors to vaccinated foreign tourists after more than two years of border closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kazinform correspondent reports referring to BBC News.
Tourists will be able to visit the country from October 11. The restriction on daily arrivals will also be lifted. Foreign visitors will still need to prove their vaccination status and provide a negative coronavirus test result in order to enter.
The expected influx of tourists will be a welcome boost for the government and local businesses. These measures are taken against the backdrop of a depreciation Japanese yen to its lowest level against the US dollar in six months.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced a domestic travel incentive program. Discounts on trips, theme park prices, sporting events and concerts will be provided. Japanese citizens will be eligible for a $77 subsidy to stimulate the economy.
The world’s third-largest economy was one of the last Asian powers to keep its borders closed due to coronavirus health concerns.
In 2019, the last year before the pandemic, almost 32 million foreigners visited Japan. And travel restrictions in recent months have prevented many foreign visitors from visiting the country, reports have shown.