Japan mulls scraping daily overseas arrival cap by October
Japan is making arrangements to end its daily limit on arrivals from overseas by October, and will consider removing other remaining barriers to foreign tourism at the same time, the Nikkei reported without saying where it obtained the information.
The removal of the 50,000 people-per-day cap alone won’t return Japan’s border to its pre-Covid openness, as non-resident foreigners are also currently required to obtain visas for short-term stays, and may enter for tourism only as part of approved package tours.
According to the Nikkei, government officials are divided on when to remove these restraints. One proposal is to lift all three barriers at the same time, while others call for ditching the entry cap first and observing the results before allowing the return of individual tourism and visa waivers, the paper said.
Earlier on Sunday, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara told a Japanese TV program that the government will further relax its tourism rules at an “appropriate time” because Japan “must not fall behind” the rest of the world.