JAPAN will reportedly waive visa requirements for certain tourists and remove daily arrival limits in October. The policy aims to benefit from a rebound in global tourism, Thursday (9/15).
After the change, according to the Nikkei, said Japan will not require visas for short-term travelers from the United States and certain other countries. Visa requirements may also change. Currently, foreign visitors visiting Japan are required to book a guided tour in order to obtain an entry visa to the country.
This process is not only time consuming but also very uninteresting. The government will also remove the daily entry limit of 50,000 people. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to announce the changes in the coming days.
With the yen languishing near a 24-year low against the dollar due to a hawkish US Federal Reserve, the Japanese government could benefit from increased purchasing power of tourists by reducing travel requirements.
Japan last week raised the daily limit of entry travelers to 50,000 from 20,000 people and removed the requirement for pre-departure COVID-19 tests. Even foreign tourists who come now don’t need to use a guided tour but still have to book a trip through an agent in advance. Prior to the pandemic, Japan did not require tourist visas for 68 countries and territories. [sources/photo special]