Japan’s government plans to waive tourist visa requirements for some countries as part of a further loosening of border controls to combat the spread of COVID-19, according to Fuji News Network.
According to FNN, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida may decide on the easing as soon as this week, which would also allow individual travelers to visit Japan without using travel agencies. Prior to the pandemic, Japan did not require tourist visas for 68 countries and regions.
The government may scrap a daily cap on arrivals by October, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Sunday.
Deputy chief cabinet secretary Seiji Kihara said on a television programme on Sunday that “a weak yen is most effective in attracting inbound tourism,” adding that further steps must be taken to draw in foreign visitors.
Japan last week raised the daily ceiling of inbound travelers to 50,000 from 20,000 and eliminated a requirement for pre-departure COVID tests, easing what have been among the most restrictive border measures among major economies.