International Tourists Still Not Allowed to Enter Japan

TOKYO – Despite a decline in the number of COVID-19 infections in Japan over the last several weeks and the easing of some border restrictions, international tourists are still not allowed to enter the country, according to the border enforcement measures released by the government.

“The Government will continue on considering to resume entry of group tourists to Japan by examining the effectiveness of monitored activities and other factors until the end of this year, giving due consideration to factors such as domestic infection situations,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.

The Japanese government on Monday eased the border controls for fully vaccinated business travelers, foreign students and technical interns from overseas. But they must be fully inoculated with any of the novel coronavirus vaccines that are recognized by the Japanese authorities – Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca.

“The business community and others have requested to ease border enforcement measures,” the PMO stated.

Those eligible are travelers on short-term stays of less than three months for business or working purposes, with a three-day quarantine requirement; and visitors on long-term visits for employment, international studies and technical internships.

Japan limits the number of international arrivals to 3,500 people a day, including its citizens. - Florenda Corpuz

(Article cover photo: People wearing face masks walk on a sidewalk in Tokyo's Ginza district on Nov. 10. | Din Eugenio)