Tokyo (CNN) – The Japan Tourism Agency announced on Tuesday, May 17 that it will start allowing small tours in May in the form of a “tourist show” trial before the country reopens to visitors.
The country’s immigration ministry added that the court will allow the government to review health and safety protocols and how to deal with Covid-19 infections among court participants, according to a statement in released on Tuesday by the national tour group.
“This department will allow us to ensure implementation and emergency response to disease prevention and establish guidelines for tour groups and homeowners to remember,” the statement said. .
The trial – postponed from the end of 2021 due to increased restrictions against the Omicron type – will be open to triple -vaccinated tourists from Australia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. Yes. The Japan Tourism Agency will organize tours with travel agencies and tour guides will also visit tour companies on a regular basis. Visitors to the tour groups will have regular touring tours.
The government’s statement – which it declined to be named as standard practice in Japan – added that the government was considering allowing 50 tourists for the test trip but said it would not that number is decided.
Visitors need to be involved with personal health insurance.
There are no changes to the current probationary requirements for entry into the country. Guests must submit a negative Covid report taken 72 hours prior to departure and retry upon arrival.
Currently, only 10,000 people per day are allowed to enter Japan, but the government plans to increase that number to 20,000 by June, according to state broadcaster NHK.
This new decision comes as Japan faces significant growth from local businesses and the global community to reopen its borders.
Earlier in May, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan would reopen tourism this year like other G7 nations, but did not give a timeline for a full reopening of tourism this year. limit.
Japan’s current border operations allow 10,000 new arrivals per day, but that doesn’t include leisure tourists. For now, residents, residents, researchers, students, families of residents and business travelers can participate with prior permission. Some face quarantine depending on where they come from.
There will be 31.9 million visitors to Japan in 2019 and the country is forecast to achieve its goal of attracting 40 million visitors by 2020 before the outbreak of the disease, according to the 2022 data released by the Japan National Tourism Organization.