Japan will now allow Non-Guided International Groups from September

 Wednesday, August 31, 2022 


Japan has uplifted the mandate on groups to be monitored and travel with tourist guides. The decision is going to be implemented from September 7. The package tours are now going to be less strict. The Japanese government is hopeful that this will at least double the number of people.

The moves were announced Wednesday by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The plan however does not allow single tourists to enter the country. However, there would not be any changes to visa restrictions that place a high bar for entering the country.

Kishida also said that the entry cap is likely to raise 50,000 people from the current 20,000. He also said that he wanted to spur visits from people trying to take advantage of a weak yen. The plan in all probability makes japan loosen border controls and come at the same plan as other industrialised countries.

The government has decided to allow tourists from the month of June. However, the rules are quite strict for entering Japan. The country had 246,000 foreign visitors last year, a far cry from the record 31.9 million in 2019.

However, groups that are travelling alone would still require to follow the itineraries that are set by the travel agencies. The individuals however are not allowed to go exploring on their own. The restrictions in Japan are more difficult than in more European countries.

Airline’s retail and hotels are eager to regain the businesses that they have lost. The small trickle of foreigners allowed into the country last year spent 120 billion yen ($866 million). In 2019, Japan Tourism Agency said they spent 4.8 trillion yen or forty times more.

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