Japan's Kobe Port welcomes first foreign cruise ship in 3 years

A foreign cruise ship has docked at Kobe Port in western Japan for the first time in about three years. Japan had suspended arrivals of cruise vessels following a coronavirus outbreak on board the British-registered Diamond Princess.

People waved flags to greet the Diamond Princess when it sailed into Kobe on Wednesday.

The arriving passengers had to have their temperatures taken and show vaccination certificates. They underwent quarantine and immigration procedures before heading to their destinations for sightseeing.

A man who came from the United States with a friend said thorough anti-infection measures were taken on the ship. He said he wants to enjoy shopping and eating in Kobe.

An official of Kobe city's port and harbor bureau said he is glad to see the cruise ship again. He added that the port will continue to accept foreign cruise liners, with thorough anti-infection measures in place.