Japan to resume inbound tourism from June 10

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from NHK:
Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has said the country will resume allowing inbound tourism which had been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kishida said on Thursday that Japan will reopen its borders to foreign tourists, starting on June 10. Only visitors on escorted package tours will be allowed to enter for the time being, to prevent the spread of the virus.
The government will double its current cap on the number of arrivals from overseas to 20,000 per day from June 1. The figure will include foreign sightseers.
Japan will let in tourists from 98 countries and territories that are classified as having the lowest coronavirus positivity rates. They will include the United States, South Korea and China.
Visitors from the lowest-risk group will be exempt from virus testing and self-quarantine even if they have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Reopening the border to foreign sightseers is expected to rejuvenate the tourism industry and local economies that have been hit hard by the pandemic.

I've decided to create a new thread here because there were already some discussions about it in some other threads (especially in the live events section), so I think is better to put everything in one place (´・ω・)♪

 
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update June 7:
The Japan Tourism Agency has disclosed guidelines for travel agencies as the country prepares to allow guided tours groups to visit from Friday.
The guidelines released on Tuesday reflect the results of a trial tour that visited Japan in late May. They require travel agencies to ensure that all tourists follow Japan's infectious disease control measures.
The travel agencies are required to explain to participants that they will need private health insurance in case they require medical treatment in Japan, and obtain their consent.
Officials say people may not be allowed to take part in the tours if they do not abide by these procedures.
The tour guides are expected to meticulously ensure that visitors observe anti-infection measures in various situations.
 
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update July 14:
(this update is more about the domestic tourists travel nationwide, and not about tourists from overseas, but it's still important to understand about it, because is one of the steps needed)
The Japanese government has decided to put off plans for a program that encourages travel around Japan due to the nationwide resurgence of coronavirus infections.
Tourism minister Saito Tetsuo told reporters on Thursday that after speaking with Prime Minister Kishida Fumio it was decided to postpone the program to get tourism going for the time being.
The government had planned early this month to expand a travel subsidy program for trips within each prefecture and surrounding areas nationwide.
But the government has instead decided to extend the current program through the end of August.
Travelers in the current program can get discounts in six divided blocks in Japan. The maximum discount is 5,000 yen, or about 36 dollars, per person per night.
The government plans to raise the discount amount to 8,000 yen, or about 58 dollars, per person per night in the planned nationwide program.
Saito suggested that the government wants to start the nationwide program as soon as there is confirmation that coronavirus infections are declining.
 
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update August 17:


 

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update August 24:



update #2: easing of measures confirmed starting from September 7th

 
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update September 7:


 
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