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Japan will drop Covid-19 border controls from October 11, 2022, Bloomberg reported.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made the announcement at a press conference in New York on Sept. 22.
Individual visitors will be allowed to enter, visa requirements will be removed for visitors from countries that were exempt before the pandemic, and the daily arrival limit will also end, he said.
Prior to Covid-19, Japan allowed visitors from 68 countries and regions, including the United States and Singapore, to stay for 90 days without a visa.
The news comes as the yen plunges to its lowest level against the dollar in nearly a quarter of a century.
Japan is now seen as an attractive destination for foreign visitors.
At the same time, discounts for domestic travel are being introduced, Kishida added.
Companies in Japan have urged their government to speed up the reopening process.
Visitor numbers reached a record close to 32 million in 2019 before dropping to around 246,000.
Face masks are still almost universally used in Japan, although there is currently no legal requirement to use them.
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