Japan is considering opening up to international tourists again in spring 2021.
The government of Japan may allow overseas visitors in the first months of spring 2021
Although Japan has reached agreements with neighboring countries on business-oriented travel bubbles and relaxed restrictions on residents returning from abroad, the government remains curious as to when international tourists would be given the green light to re-enter the country.
The government is already considering eliminating mandatory quarantine for visitors coming to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Until recently, however, it was not clear when Japan would be able to allow vacation tourists back into the country. Now the Japan Times reports that inbound tourism could resume as early as spring next year.
According to the newspaper, the government would initially allow access to small groups of tourists from places in Asia where the number of coronavirus cases is low and relatively stable, such as China and Taiwan.
If tourists were allowed access in spring 2021, they would still have to maintain a 14-day quarantine and download the government’s Covid tracking app, Cocoa. At the moment this is still hypothetical, as no official decision has yet been made on the tourism plan.
While coronavirus infections are on the rise in some regions, the Japanese government has curbed domestic tourism by temporarily stopping the Go to Travel campaign in Osaka and Sapporo.