Japan ready to take away some of the strictest travel rules

 Friday, August 19, 2022 


Japan is ready to take away some of the strictest travel rulesimplemented during the pandemic. However, many people in the tourism sector are urging the Japanese government to dismiss all restrictions straightaway.

Japan currently has some of the firmest rules in Asia concerning travel. Tourists from more than 100 different countries at the moment are allowed to enter Japan in group tours. Passengers need togo through COVID-19 tests and also meet other provisionalnecessitiesin order to travel.

Citizens of countries typically visa-exempt for Japan will now need to endure the annoyance of applying for a visa before traveling.

However, after witnessingextremely few tourists throughout the first half of the summer of this year, the Japanese government has decided to lift travel restraints. During June and July, just about 8,000 foreign visitors entered Japan, as per the country’s Immigration Services Agency.

In order to propel tourism, Japan has initiated the new eVisa for the US and Canadian citizens. Although visa exceptions are still postponed, this move would make it speedier and stress-free for the Americans and Canadians to authorize a trip to Japan. The visa submission can be done online, without requiring going all the way to an embassy. Dispatch times are also quicker with this digital service.

In spite of this move to improve tourism, there is growingburden from both inside the country and from overseas to do more.

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