Synopsis: Some of the stringent travel restrictions in Japan due to Covid-19 imposed during the pandemic are about to be relaxed. However, many in the tourism industry are urging the government to remove all prohibitions immediately.
Some of the stringent travel restrictions in Japan due to Covid-19 imposed during the pandemic are about to be relaxed. However, many in the tourism industry are urging the government to remove all prohibitions immediately. Japan opened its country to foreigners but with strict restrictions.
The nation currently has some of Asia’s harshest travel regulations. Currently, group tours are the sole mode of travel allowed into Japan for tourists from more than 100 different nations. To be allowed to travel, passengers must pass COVID-19 examinations and adhere to other temporary criteria.
To enter Japan foreigners and even citizens coming from abroad need to fulfill the requirements. Citizens of nations that typically do not require a visa to enter Japan now have to go through the inconvenience of applying for a visa ahead of time.
However, the Japanese government has chosen to move toward removing travel restrictions after only a small number of tourists visited during the first half of the summer 2022. Travelers visits Japan to experience the enthusiastic and exciting summer festivals. Only about 8,000 foreigners visited Japan in June and July, according to the nation’s Immigration Services Agency.
Japan has introduced a new e-visa for citizens of the US and Canada in an effort to increase tourism. This action makes it quicker and simpler for Americans and Canadians to obtain travel authorization for Japan, even while visa exemptions are still on hold. It is possible to apply for a visa online without traveling to an embassy. Furthermore, this digital solution offers quicker turnaround times.
Despite this initiative to increase tourism, there is mounting demand to take further action from both domestic and international sources in Japan.
Although it has struggled throughout the year, Japan’s economy has recently outperformed expectations. To entice travelers to visit and spend money, many in the travel sector are urging the government to ease all entrance restrictions.