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Japan to further ease foreign travel restrictions as early as September

The Japanese government reported Monday that it is considering raising the maximum daily number of people allowed into the country to the current

above. ,. The new maximum may be as high as 000, 000, starting in September.

Public broadcaster NHK also reported that the government will start accepting tourists, but not Will be instructing in person again in September. The proposal would remove the current requirement that tourists must take a guided tour, as long as they still arrange travel through a travel agent. These agencies will still manage the schedules of their clients, who will receive guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The government also reported on Monday that it was considering no longer requiring negative COVID-19- 19 on travelers who have received at least three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (including a booster). Currently, travelers (including returning Japanese nationals and residents) must submit a negative test result 72 several hours before departure to enter Japan.

Japan reported 343 death from COVID-

Tuesday, the country’s highest single-day record so far during the pandemic.

Japan begins to ease COVID-19 entry restrictions for foreign students and business travelers (if they have a sponsor) March 1. In addition, the government has increased the number of people allowed to enter from 3 (Japanese and foreigners combined), 500 to 5, daily, and shortened COVID-20 quarantine period to seven to three days . The government subsequently raised the daily cap to seven 72 in March 14 , then to 14, in April .

The government subsequently opened tours to guided tours in June 14, and Change the daily maximum allowed into the country from , to20, people.

Border control measures started in late November in response to global spread of Omicron variant COVID-

. The Japanese government also extended border restrictions until February, barring new foreign arrivals in an effort to curb the spread of the outbreak.

Japan banned all foreign tourists from entering the country at the beginning of the outbreak.

Source: NHK World (Link 2), NHK (Link 2) via Hachima Kikō



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