Japan to let individual tourists enter visa-free from 11 October: Nikkei

A view of Fuji Mountain in Japan. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
A view of Fuji Mountain in Japan. (PHOTO: Getty Images) (DoctorEgg via Getty Images)

Japan will let individual travellers enter the country without a visa from 11 October, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Thursday (22 September) in New York, according to a report by Nikkei.

"We will remove the cap on the number of people entering the country, and will resume accepting individual travel and visa-free travel," Kishida said.

Currently, Japan requires visas for all visitors and only allows them to enter via package tours, with the daily limit set at 50,000 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The country is hoping for its tourism sector to receive a boost from the weak yen, which is around 24-year lows against the US dollar. The yen is trading around 142 to the greenback a while ago.

Before the pandemic, Japan welcomed a record 31.8 million visitors in 2019.

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