Japan’s prime minister set to announce easing of entry changes to New York

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Earlier this week there was news from Japan that we should soon, possibly this week, hear about the relaxation of the current entry rules and the reinstatement of the visa waiver agreements which have all currently been suspended.

It seems that the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Fumio Kishida, plans to make the announcement in a speech next week that he will deliver on the New York Stock Exchange to get maximum publicity. World leaders gather in New York for the UN General Assembly.

Excerpt from Japan News:

The government plans to lift the entry ban on individual tourists around October, significantly easing border controls that have been imposed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

And:

A plan is in the works for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who will visit the United States next week, to make the announcement during a speech he is to deliver at the New York Stock Exchange, according to government sources. .

By Nikkei Asia:

Japan will drop a ban on individual tourist visits and remove the cap on daily arrivals, Nikkei has learned, moving closer to pre-pandemic rules as the country seeks to rebound in global travel.

After the change, Japan will no longer require visas for short-term travelers from the United States and certain other countries. Japan will also remove the daily entry cap of 50,000 people.

Eligible travelers must meet certain conditions, such as vaccination status.

And Japan time

Visa waivers will be available for people from around 70 countries and regions who were eligible for visa-free short stays in Japan before the pandemic, a government official said.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to announce the easing of border control measures during a trip to New York next week to tout the move to the international community.

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  • Japan begins tourism trial in May for fully vaccinated people from the United States, Australia, Thailand and Singapore

Conclusion

I’d be surprised if all these reports (government leaks) from Japan were fake, and we’ll definitely learn more next week.

Japan hopes to be able to restart its inbound tourism soon, but it will be a long process, as many countries have discovered over the past year+.

Visitors will not come if there are paperwork with entry and other requirements. Only 8,000 “tourists” entered Japan in June and July on these guided tours.

My passport is currently in one of the Japanese embassies to get a visa issued for an unguided visit, and I plan to enter Japan in early October for about a month.

If entry requirements are relaxed next week as expected, I’ve spent the money for nothing, but better safe than sorry.

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