Japan reopens borders to tourists from October 11, Taiwan suspends quarantine

Japan will resume visa-free entry for individual travelers on October 11. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced this in New York on Thursday. The country is now very cheap for European tourists because the yen has been very low for months. Neighboring Taiwan is abolishing its quarantine from October 13.

“We will lift the restriction on the number of people entering the country and allow individual and visa-free travel again,” Kishida said, according to Nikkei Asia.

Currently, Japan only allows package holidays and a visa is required for all visitors. Until the beginning of September, only group tours led by a local guide were possible. This measure was in force to prevent covid. A maximum of 50,000 visitors are allowed per day. But this has made the country more and more an outsider as most countries worldwide are fully open to tourists again.

A geisha, a traditional Japanese female entertainer, wearing face mask against covid in Asakusa, a popular Senso-ji Temple neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan on June 10, 2022 @ Reuters

From October 11, visitors no longer need to apply for tourist visas. Before the pandemic, Japan allowed visa-free short-term travel for people from 68 countries and regions, including Belgium and most EU member states.

The Japanese government hopes with this measure to stimulate tourism and make Japan attractive by the historically low yen. The currency is fluctuating at a 24-year low, reaching 145 yen per euro at one point. This makes Japan a more attractive destination for international travelers. For comparison: a year ago, one euro was equal to 124 yen.

Before the global pandemic, Japan admitted a record 31.8 million visitors in 2019. That made the country one of the most popular destinations in Asia.

Thanks to its cultural assets and airport infrastructure, Japan ranked #1 on the World Economic Forum’s latest Travel & Tourism Development Index, released in May.

Unrelated, but also today neighboring Taiwan announced to allow more tourists in from September 29. From October 13, the current 3-day quarantine will be completely abolished.

The article is in Dutch

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