Tokyo, 12 October 2022 (TDI): Japan has lifted visa restrictions and has resumed visa-free service with more than sixty countries for short periods to boost business and promote tourism.

A large number of tourists are heading to Japan due to the lifting of visa restrictions.

The country had previously banned travel for more than two years to control the Covid-19 pandemic. The ban on arrival of only 50,000 people a day has now been lifted and more than 50 thousand passengers will be able to come in a day easily.

Airlines have also increased the number of flights since the visa ban was lifted.

Eager to admire the colorful flora, eat sushi, see the red Mount Fuji and go shopping, tourists are now free to visit Japan, but on the condition that they should be fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

Subsequently, travelers coming from America, Asia, Europe, and other countries will not have to stay in quarantine. However, tourists might need to wear face masks.

Shuso Imada, general manager at the Japan Sake and Shochu Information Center said they are ready to welcome people from all over the world. According to the Shuso Imada, Fall is the ideal time in the year to enjoy sake and shochu with Japanese food.

Impact on economy

According to Fitch Ratings, Japan’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to expand by 1.7 percent in 2022 and 1.3 percent in 2023. Gradually addressing its fiscal policy, service sector, and supply chain issues will boost its manufacturing and exports.

Despite geopolitical tensions and risks of higher prices, the reopening is expected to see a positive trend in business.

The influx of tourists is expected to bring about $35 billion in benefits to the world’s third-largest economy. And the depreciation of the Japanese yen against the US dollar is expected to further increase the number of tourists.

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