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Japan reopens to international tourists June 10, no vaccinations required for 98 countries

Travelers from U.S., China, and other Group Blue countries will not have to show proof of vaccination or undergo PCR testing.

Prior to the start of the pandemic, Japan was receiving more than 30 million foreign tourists annually. That number has dropped to practically zero for most of the past two years, but the country is finally ready to start welcoming inbound pleasure travelers again.

During a speech in Tokyo on Thursday night, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that on June 1, Japan will be raising its cap on inbound travelers from 10,000 to 20,000 a day. He then delivered the long-awaited news that Japan will reopening its borders to foreign tourists just two weeks from now, on June 10, with no vaccinations required for arrivals from 98 countries.

As part of the relaxed entry regulations, travelers will be classified as being in one of three groups. Those in the 98-country Group Blue, which includes the U.S., U.K., Australia,…

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