After having its borders blocked for more than two years because of the COVID pandemic, Japan will once again welcome international tourists. As of October 11, visitors will not require a visa to enter the nation and will not have to go through a travel agency. Additionally, the daily arrival cap will be removed. To enter, guests must present proof of their triple vaccination or a COVID test result that is negative. The government and local companies will benefit from the predicted increase in tourists, which coincides with the Japanese yen’s slowest decline versus the US dollar in six months. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida declared, “Japan will relax border control measures to be on par with the US.”

Since June, visitors have been permitted, but they have had to take tours. Additionally, Mr. Kishida disclosed a domestic incentive program for travel that offers reductions on airfare, theme park admission costs, sporting events, and concerts. A $77 grant will be available to Japanese citizens and residents. Similar initiatives have been put in place in other nations to promote spending and boost the economy. But as everywhere else, the rising cost of living has been a major worry for people. One of the final Asian superpowers to keep its borders closed over COVID health concerns was the third-largest economy in the world. Lockdowns and mask use were never required in Japan, but many citizens easily adopted these safety measures. The year before the outbreak, 2019, saw approximately 32 million international visitors arrive in Japan. According to reports, many foreign visitors were prevented from coming in recent months due to travel restrictions.