Japan lifts tourist restrictions – Thorn

Japan lifts tourist restrictions – Thorn
Japan lifts tourist restrictions – Thorn

Japan, whose borders have been closed to foreign tourists for more than two years due to the pandemic, is preparing to reopen its doors.

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From October 11, tourists will be able to visit the country without a pandemic-specific visa. In addition, the upper limit on daily passes will be removed.

Visitors who have been able to enter the country since June, provided they are part of the tours, will now be able to visit Japan without the need for a travel agent if they prove they have had three doses of the vaccine and present a negative Covid-19 test result.

Incentive for travel

“Japan will loosen border control measures to be on par with the US” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced a domestic travel incentive plan that will provide discounts on travel, theme park prices, sporting events and concerts. Japanese citizens will be eligible to receive 11,000 yen ($77).

Japan, the world’s third largest economy, was one of the last countries in Asia to keep its borders closed due to health concerns from the pandemic.

Low mortality rate, high vaccination rate

The death rate in Japan is the lowest among the richest countries in the world, while the country’s immunization rate is among the highest.

Japan has also never mandated curfews or wearing masks, but locals have easily adapted to the quarantine.

About 32 million foreigners visited Japan in 2019, the year before the pandemic.

The article is in Turkish

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