JawaPos.com – Comply or be deported. The two options were given indirectly by the Japanese government for foreign tourists who would visit the land of Sakura. Starting Friday (10/6), Japan has indeed reopened its international doors which were closed since the beginning of the pandemic. However, there are strict rules that must be met.
On Tuesday (7/6) the Japan Tourism Agency issued guidelines for foreign tourists. Tourists are only allowed to enter if they join a Japanese government sponsored travel agency or other registered agency. Travel agents should also make sure to accompany tourists from entering Japan to returning home.
They are also required to ensure that every tourist agrees to always wear a mask, register with private insurance that is willing to pay for it if infected with Covid-19, avoid closed places and crowded places, as well as several other rules.
“Tour agents must also have officers accompanying tours throughout the journey and recording tourist activities to properly identify the scope of close contact in the event of a positive case,” the 16-page manual reads as quoted by The Japan Times. Those who do not comply with these rules will be returned to their respective countries.
Tourists are also limited to only coming from 98 countries that are included in the blue category. China, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore are included in it. Tourists from these countries are not required to be tested for Covid-19 and quarantine when arriving in Japan.
Their vaccination status is not taken into account. Even so, each must have a negative Covid-19 certificate taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure. Every day only 20 thousand arrivals are allowed. This figure is much lower than before the pandemic.
Japan is currently ogled by tourists because of the weakening of the yen. In 2019, before the pandemic hit, foreign tourists spent JPY 4.8 trillion (Rp 523.3 trillion) while traveling in Japan.