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Nov 22, 2021

Japan to welcome only 5,000 foreign arrival daily

Foreign Affairs News Correspondent
A scene of Shinjuku in Tokyo. Wikipedia
A scene of Shinjuku in Tokyo. Wikipedia

Japan will raise the daily limit on international arrivals to 5,000 people from 3,500 effective November 26 as the country looks to boost business travel.

 It also cut the quarantine period to three days from 10 for business travelers with vaccination certificates.

According to Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, the latest relaxation of entry restrictions comes as Japan continues to report a relatively low number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Earlier this month, the government relaxed entry restrictions for business people, students and technical interns.

“We will positively consider what measures can be taken to further ease restrictions,” Matsuno said at a regular press conference.

While the government will leave the ban on tourists in place, it will consider allowing tour groups to enter after reviewing how their activities can be controlled and monitored through trials expected to be held within this year.