7 Apr 2022
Japan plans to finally ease COVID-19 entry ban for 106 countries including USA
The Index Today
The government of Japan said that the country plans to ease COVID-related border restrictions by lifting its entry ban for foreign nationals from 106 countries on Friday, including countries like the United States, Britain, and France.
Tokyo has been slowly easing the pandemic-induced curbs but the lenient border restriction does not mean a full reopening to all the tourists.
The foreign ministry said in an update on Wednesday that foreigners from the 106 countries would not be subject to denial of permission to enter Japan from Friday, but foreigners with tourist purposes were still not allowed into the country.
From the previous reports, Japan closed its borders to most foreign travelers from the early days of the pandemic in 2020 and only recently accepted a trickle of students and business people into the country. Many other developed countries have been easing the reopening its border to tourists.
After the planned lifting on Friday, Japan will still remain its doors closed to 56 countries, another government statement said.
The government also mentioned that it will raise the daily quota on overseas visitors to Japan to 10,000 this month, from 7,000.
©Photo: Financial Times