The Japanese government has announced a temporary increase in the daily cap of foreign arrivals to 20,000 people. The country has also relaxed some quarantine rules to allow certain countries to travel there. However, the test tourism policy has left the travel industry cold. The travel industry is unsure what will happen to the industry when a full resumption of tourism is achieved. This article discusses the implications of Japans new policy.
The government announced on February 17 that it would ease immigration rules. This measure follows pledges to ease border restrictions and increase the number of foreign visitors. The new rules will collect information and hone infection control measures. The government has not specified the entry point where the trial will take place. However, social media is abuzz with talk about the possibility of reopening the country’s borders. In the meantime, other East Asian countries have resumed tourism and the Japanese economy has been facing headwinds from the depreciation of the yen against the US dollar.
Visiting Japan will take time for the Japanese public. It will take some time for tourists to return to Japan after the reintroduction of COVID-19 infection management measures. However, the country’s prime minister has pledged to loosen restrictions in June. This will give the Japanese public time to get used to the new measures. Furthermore, some Japanese may still be wary about foreign tourists’ willingness to wear masks and comply with COVID-19 management measures.
The testing regime is a logical result of a global pandemic. Although the numbers may be a bit lower, the reopening of some leisure travel remains to be seen. Meanwhile, the government plans to resume a portion of testing before June 2022. But the trial has left the travel industry in a difficult spot and the travel industry is feeling the impact of the pandemic.
Foreign nationals who are in Japan for a short or long-term stay are allowed to enter in a limited number. However, these people should contact their nearest Japanese embassy for further guidance. However, if they are in the country for educational purposes, they should contact the appropriate educational institution. The Japanese government is keen to make sure that they have all the information they need to make a successful trip.
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While Japans test tourism ban was aimed at preventing an outbreak of the disease, it left the beleaguered travel industry in a vulnerable position. The country boasts of the most rigorous border controls in the world. But this was not the case when Omicron began infecting the country. More than 200,000 people were quarantined at home with mild symptoms. And the WHO criticized the country’s decision last November.