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Japan to reopen on 10 June, but there’s a catch

The Japanese government has revised its border controls and, from 10 June, will accept foreign nationals from 98 countries and regions, ending its two-year pandemic closure. 


But, if you want to be one of those travelling into Japan, you’ll have to be travelling as part of a tour group.



The decision follows the announcement of a trial of 50 travellers from Australia, Thailand, the US and Singapore. 


Travellers will be required to present a negative COVID test prior to travel to Japan and depending on their vaccination status may need to be tested again on arrival and undergo a three-day quarantine. 


And even after all that, it’s still not a free for all, as the country is planning to increase its daily cap on arrivals to only 20,000, the Guardian reported. 


Locals are showing strong support for current restrictions, so it expected that easing border control measures will likely be done carefully… and slowly. 


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Published: 27 May 2022

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