Japan to waive tourist visas to facilitate border controls

The Japanese government plans to pull out all the stops to waive tourist visa requirements for some countries as it plans to further relax border controls that have been put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to the latest reports, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida could probably decide as soon as this week, which will allow individual travelers to visit Japan without reservations from travel agencies.

Additionally, reports indicate that the Japanese government will in all likelihood remove the daily cap on arrivals by October.

Revealing more about the tourist visa, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara said that a weak yen is most effective in attracting inbound tourism and that other measures should be taken to attract foreign visitors.

Japan has reportedly raised the daily cap of inbound travelers from 20,000 to 50,000, and also eliminated the requirement for pre-departure COVID tests to attract more and more visitors to the country.

Therefore, as previously indicated, people visiting Japan will now be exempt from taking COVID-19 tests 72 hours before departure, if they have been vaccinated with three injections.

If the reports hold up, Japan has sought to bring its entry protocols, which were once the most rigid among G7 countries, in line with those of other major economies.