Japan to soon remove visa and travel agency requirements for tourists


Japan is still catching up with the rest of the world in terms of reopening to tourism. As reported by Japan time, the government is looking to further ease its strict border restrictions in the near future. Japan plans to scrap the daily entry limit and at the same time scrap visa and package travel requirements for tourists.

According to the latest Nikkei Asia report, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida should make an official statement announcement in the next few days. While Japan seems likely to accept free and independent tourists without the need for visas and bookings from travel agencies, they will still have to meet certain conditions such as presenting proof of vaccination against Covid-19.

Restrictions have continued to soften in recent weeks, with the entry cap recently raised from 20,000 to 50,000 people per day. Tourists are also allowed to enter Japan without going on a guided tour, but they still need to apply for a visa and book their flights and accommodation through a travel agency. Now the government says it is considering scrapping visa requirements for some countries, including the United States, and allowing tourists to visit Japan freely without having to go through a travel agency..

The change comes at an ideal time as Japan’s fall and winter seasons are particularly popular with tourists. The weak Japanese yen is also another incentive for international travelers.

This article was published on September 12 and updated on September 15.

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