Intellasia East Asia News – Japan to waive tourist visa requirements amid border easing, Fuji News Network reports

The Japanese government plans to scrap tourist visa requirements from some countries as part of a new easing of border controls adopted to stop the spread of COVID-19, Fuji News Network reported on Monday.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida could decide as early as this week on the easing, which would also allow individual travelers to visit Japan without bookings from travel agencies, FNN reported. Japan did not require tourist visas for 68 countries and regions before the pandemic.

The government could remove a daily cap on arrivals by October, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Sunday.

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara said on a TV show on Sunday that “a weak yen is most effective in attracting inbound tourism,” adding that further measures need to be taken to attract foreign visitors. . Read more

Japan last week raised the daily cap on inbound travelers to 50,000 from 20,000 and eliminated the requirement for pre-departure COVID testing, easing what has been one of the most restrictive border measures among major economies. .

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