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Feb 7, 2020 Japan
Synopsis: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida Japan will raise the cap to 50,000 from September 7. The decision has come amid the economic crises in Japan and now the government has decided to raise the tourist cap to 50,000 to boost tourism in Japan.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida Japan will raise the cap to 50,000 from September 7. The decision has come amid the economic crises in Japan and now the government has decided to raise the tourist cap to 50,000 to boost tourism in Japan. The tourist can visit Japan on package tours following strictly the Covid-19 norms.
In a statement, Kishida said “In countries worldwide, international exchange is growing. To participate in these exchanges and to benefit from the weaker yen, we will raise the daily arrival cap to 50,000 from Sept. 7, as well as allow (tourists on) nonguided tours from all countries to enter the country.”
He also added that the government will take the feedback and accordingly increase the tourist number in the future. He will consider easing the restrictions on tourism after analyzing the multiple conditions overseas and at home. This decision is important in order to put broader measure and keep it on par with the seven major countries.
Japan started to receive overseas tourists in June but only one condition of having a package tour. The government is yet to disclose more details on the guided tour for instance, what are the norms and rules that come under package or guided tours?
Though the government has clarified that they will soon release a notification for the guided tour in Japan for non escorted visitors. However, a representative from the tourism ministry stated that visitors would still need to have “sponsors,” or travel companies, in Japan that they could contact if they contracted the coronavirus. This means that independent visitors, such as backpackers traveling alone, wouldn’t be permitted entry.
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