Japan to simplify entry process for wealthy travelers

Japan Airlines planes sit on the tarmac at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo on November 29, 2021 (AP Photo / Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO (Kyodo) – The government plans to simplify immigration procedures for foreign travelers arriving in Japan by luxury transport such as private jets and superyachts usually used by the wealthy, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday. .

The move comes as the government hopes these affluent travelers will bring considerable purchasing power and help accelerate a post-pandemic economic recovery, the sources said.

Currently, those arriving by private jet for tourism must apply 10 days before landing at a Japanese airport. The government plans to shorten the deadline to three days, such as entry for business purposes, the sources said.

Japan has 10 airports, including Haneda and Narita, which have facilities to handle the entry of these travelers.

The government will also consider allowing private jet operators to request one-stop flight, refueling and use of a hanger, the sources said.

Superyachts and other private water transport modes are currently required to report the number of crew and cargo at each stopover. Following the planned change, they will only have to do so when entering and leaving Japan, according to the sources.

While some rural areas lack luxury hotels, upscale restaurants, and high-quality cultural experiences, the Japan Tourism Agency plans to select ten model locations and help them attract hotels and develop new businesses. products and services for the wealthy, the sources said.