After 30 months, Japan announces it will lift entry restrictions for tourists

Tourists will no longer have travel restrictions to Japan from October 11. A return to normal after more than two years.

Japan will lift its entry restrictions for tourists put in place more than two years ago to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, Digital Minister Taro Kono announced on Twitter on Thursday.

“Finally, Japan will reopen its borders,” he said, ahead of an expected speech by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in New York later in the day.

Japan had closed its borders in 2020 during the Covid-19 crisis. 30 months later, tourists are again completely free to enter the territory.

The country had led to a gradual reopening in 2022 with visas for workers and students in March, tourists who must be accompanied by guides in June or even those who booked on a selection of travel agencies in September.

From October 11, it will therefore be possible to enter and travel freely in Japan as before the pandemic.

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