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Japan Opens To Tour Groups, Expects to Further Relax Borders

In the evening of May 26, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced what tourists around the world had been waiting for a long time. 

From June 10, Japan will be easing border restrictions to let in international tourists, starting with tour groups. 

The Prime Minister also announced that international flights from Hokkaido’s New Chitose Airport and Okinawa’s Naha Airport would start by the end of June. 

On May 27, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirozaku Matsuno confirmed that Japan “is aiming to restore the entry of tourists to normal times,” but that the government would judge the situation on the basis of the “COVID situation at home and abroad, and the context of border measures in other countries.” 

From June 1, Japan is also set to increase the daily number of people entering the country to 20,000, from the previous level of 10,000. 

On May 20, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated its guidelines for entry,…

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