Japan to permit non-guided group tours, raises daily entry cap

Travellers will be allowed to enter Japan on non-guided package tours from September 7, as the country further eases border restrictions. The daily entry cap will also expand from the current 20,000 to 50,000 people.

In making the announcement on August 31, prime minister Fumio Kishida said the intention is to encourage travellers to visit Japan.

Travellers to Japan can enter without a guided tour restriction from September 7

In June, the government began to allow limited numbers to return, subject to strict rules such as being part of a package tour with a guide.

Japan had only 353,119 foreign visitors last year compared to the record 31.9 million in 2019.

Last week, Kishida said Japan would scrap the pre-arrival Covid-19 testing requirement for travellers who have received three vaccine doses.

However, travellers to Japan still require entry visas. Japan’s border is currently open to Japanese nationals and those with long-term and pre-issued tourism visas. It ceased visa waivers for applicable passports during the pandemic.

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