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Japan is now welcoming visitors from 98 countries and regions, after being closed to tourists for the past two years

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After being closed to tourists for the past two years, Japan is now welcoming visitors from 98 countries and regions.
It is the most significant milestone in the country’s gradual relaxation of Covid-19 entry restrictions.
However, some restrictions will remain, such as the requirement to visit the country with a tour group.
Japan implemented some of the strictest virus control regimes in the world and barred foreign visitors from the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Travel restrictions for foreign residents and business travelers had already been relaxed, and the government recently increased the daily limit on foreign arrivals to 20,000 effective June 1.
International students have been allowed to enter since mid-March.
Tour groups will be permitted to enter the country beginning on June 10.
According to Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the nearly 100 countries and regions, which include the UK, will be divided into three risk categories – red, yellow, and blue – which will determine whether or not visitors can bypass quarantine measures.
Japan has been largely closed since 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has had a significant impact on the tourism industry.
Tourist arrivals, a major component of Japan’s economy, fell more than 90 percent in 2020, nearly erasing inbound tourism.
Travel agencies have reacted positively to the news.
“Despite the fact that Japan has been closed for nearly two years, there is still a lot of interest in visiting.
I’m sure there will be a rush to book once the borders are fully open “Zina Bencheikh, managing director of Intrepid Travel, stated
Other tour operators emphasized the financial impact of Japan’s closure.
“The Japanese government is being extremely cautious,” said Japan Journeys managing director James Greenfield.
“They want the first tourists to come in on guided tours, and we’re ready to do whatever it takes to keep our customers happy and recoup some income after more than two years without any,” he said.

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