Japan to Reinstate Visa-Free Travel as COVID Fades

Japan will resume visa-free entry for individual travelers and scrap its daily entry cap on Oct. 11, effectively ending its tight COVID-19 regulations on foreign tourists after nearly two and a half years.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday that Japan would further relax its border measures and remove the daily arrival cap, which is presently set at 50,000, to support the tourism industry, Japan Times reported.
The country will lift the ban on visa-free travel and resume accepting individual travelers from Oct. 11, following Kishida’s goal to implement an entry process similar to that of other Group of Seven (G-7) nations.
Japan is also offering a nationwide travel discount program that will provide up to 11,000 yen ($77) in financial assistance per person for a one-night stay. The discount is valid for theme park admission, sporting events, and concerts….

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