Kishida: Japan to ease entry restrictions, allow 50,000 arrivals daily

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio says the government will further ease COVID-19 entry restrictions by more than doubling the number of daily arrivals.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Kishida said international exchanges have recently resumed around the world, and Japan will join such moves. He added that he hopes to further relax measures to the same levels as other Group of Seven countries.

He said starting on Wednesday next week, the cap on daily arrivals will be raised to 50,000 from the current 20,000.

The prime minister added the government will also ease restrictions on foreign tourists.

Currently, only tourists from designated countries are allowed to enter Japan, and they are required to join escorted tours.

But tourists from any country will be allowed to travel in Japan without guides.