Japan raises cap on daily arrivals on Wednesday

Japan doubled the daily limit on the number of people entering the country to 20,000, starting Wednesday.

The country resumed new entries of foreign visitors other than tourists on March 1. The government raised the daily cap on arrivals to 5,000 on the same day, 7,000 on March 14 and 10,000 on April 10. He did this while monitoring the infection situation. in Japan and around the world. They also observed quarantine measures at domestic airports.

The government has also relaxed quarantine measures related to COVID-19. Countries and regions have been divided into three groups, based on risk factors such as rates of positive test results on arrival in the past.

Visitors from 98 countries and regions in the low-risk group will be exempt from virus testing and self-quarantine even if they have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

People from 99 countries and regions in the medium-risk group are exempt from testing and self-quarantine if they have received three injections of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The government plans to resume welcoming foreign tourists from June 10 for the first time in about two years. These tourists will be limited to people in the low-risk group and will have to be part of tours accompanied by escorts.

The government will consider further easing while closely monitoring the infection situation.

Observers say the challenge is whether further steps will lead to a resumption of social and economic activities while controlling infections.