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Japan Is Starting to Reopen Its Borders to International Travel

by Eben Diskin Oct 1, 2020

Japan is starting to lift its travel restrictions and open its borders to international travel — but that doesn’t include everyone. Starting October 1, Japan will welcome foreigners from all countries with approved new long-stay visas (over three months) — but not to tourists.

Everyone entering the country will be required to test negative for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before entering the country and self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

Only 1,000 foreigners will be allowed in per day, not including Japanese nationals, partially not to overwhelm testing capabilities.

Accepting tourists within its border again is a later phase of Japan’s reopening plan. The progression of the reopening process likely depends on the evolution of the pandemic and how Japan’s COVID-19 case numbers change as restrictions are lifted.

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