Japan Is Reportedly Reopening in October-But Not to Tourists
Here's some good news: Japan is reportedly reopening borders in October. The bad news, however, is that tourists are excluded.
According to reports, the country will allow travelers—more specifically, international students and business people—to enter with a limit of 1,000 people per day. There's another catch, too. Those who enter the country will need to stay for three months or longer.
It's a huge step as Japan has currently had an entry ban that's been enforced for 159 countries and regions since April 3.
Japan has eased other restrictions for travelers from Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, and more since then. And, the country made moves early on to make sure that the changes wouldn't spike coronavirus infections.
“We will continue to earnestly consider the optimal ways to resume travel including allowing in new (foreign) arrivals while preventing an increase in coronavirus infections,” chief cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato said in a press conference earlier this week. “Nonetheless, in our further decisions we will take into consideration the (COVID-19) situation.”
With the easing of travel restrictions, the Japanese government has secured a daily testing capacity of 20,000 per day at several international airports.