Today, Japan is reopening to foreign tourists after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus

Today is also the day of total reopening for Japan. For the first time in two and a half years since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Japan has lifted border restrictions.

As of today, the limit of 50,000 arrivals per day will be lifted and individual tourists can visit the Land of the Rising Sun without joining an organized tour.

A visa program for visitors from 68 countries worldwideincluding Italy, it has also been restored and airports have already adopted guidelines to welcome the return of foreign tourists – who in any case must show proof that they have taken the third dose of the vaccine, or a negative molecular test result within 72 hours of departure have to submit.

After the first reported cases of the corona virus in the Chinese province of Hubei, Tokyo had decided on strict entry restrictions for foreign citizens without a residence permit from February 2020.

Before the health emergency Japan welcomed a record 31.9 million foreign tourists in 2019, and estimated the arrival of 40 million visitors in 2020, the year of the Olympic Games, which was subsequently postponed to the summer of 202. The executive is also aiming for a gradual recovery in consumer spending, affecting even the most distant prefectures, with the simultaneous launch of the “National Travel Discount,” which can guarantee discounts on hotels across the country, meals and even local shopping. The plan was scheduled for July but was postponed due to the summer’s resurgence of coronavirus infections.

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