After more than two years of border closure policies, Japan will welcome foreign travelers this week.
On June 10th, foreign tourists traveling on package tours will be able to enter Japan.
However, the government’s priority is still to increase the number of domestic tourists, said Tadashi Shimura, chairman of the Japan Association of Travel Agents.
According to JATA, even before the pandemic, domestic tourism made a far greater contribution to Japan’s gross domestic product than foreign tourism.
Overall tourism will contribute 28 trillion yen ($ 21.1 billion) to the Japanese economy in 2019, with nearly 80% (22 trillion yen) coming from domestic tourists. Report of Japan Tourism Agency.
According to JTA, despite the increase in Covid cases in 2021, tourism spending from people living in Japan could bring 9.2 trillion yen that year.
Nonetheless, it remains important to support international arrivals in Japan, especially for the hit hospitality, transportation and travel sectors, Shimura said.
Economist Intelligence Unit research analyst Ejazz Ahmed said in a June 1 webinar that Japan will welcome approximately 32 million foreign visitors in 2019 and reach its goal of 40 million in 2022. He said he was on track to do so.
However, the pandemic caused the number of arrivals to plummet rapidly, with only 250,000 foreign visitors in 2021. Government data was previously shown.
Mr. Shimura said that the loss of overseas travelers was “about 10 trillion yen in the past two years” and burdened Japan because he earned an average of 4.3 million yen per person per year from expenditures from international students and long-term residents. Stated.Report by Nomura Research Institute..
Japanese travel agencies are preparing for the return of tourists on package tours to famous destinations across the country.
All Japan Tour There are six tour packages, including the “Golden Route Japan Tour,” which takes participants on an eight-day tour of Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto for $ 2,698.
According to the Japan National Tourism Organization, the daily limit for visitors, including Japanese and returning foreigners, doubled from 10,000 to 20,000 on June 1.
Local report Indicates that the government may increase the limit to 30,000 in July.
Still, Mr. Shimura said those limits were too low, as the country welcomed “140,000”. [visitors] Per day “
Countries fall into three categories: blue, red and yellow, and travelers may be subject to additional restrictions depending on their place of origin. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan..
Travelers from 98 countries and regions, including the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore and China, fall into the “blue” category and do not need to be tested, quarantined or vaccinated upon arrival.
Travelers from any of the 99 countries in the “Yellow” category will also be exempt from testing and quarantine upon arrival if they receive three accepted Covid-19 vaccinations. This category includes countries such as India, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.
People from “red” countries such as Fiji, Pakistan and Sierra Leone should be tested on arrival and quarantined for 3-7 days.