Japan to Ease Pandemic Restrictions and Allow Tourists to Visit from Four Countries

The Japan Tourism Agency announced Tuesday that it would allow small-scale tours for vaccinated tourists from the United States, Australia, Thailand, and Singapore later this month as a trial before the full-scale reception of foreign visitors planned for June.

“This venture will allow us to verify compliance and emergency responses for infection prevention and formulate guidelines for travel agencies and accommodation operators to keep in mind,” the tourism agency said.

Currently, the government allows 10,000 people a day to enter Japan, but officials are considering doubling the cap to 20,000 in June.

During the trial phase, only visitors who have had three COVID-19 shots could join small groups who would go on fixed package tours to limited areas for better management.

Japan closed its borders to foreign tourists since the early stage of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, but it has eased its travel restrictions in phases since March, accepting businesspeople, technical interns, and students as the COVID-19 situation has improved.

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