Japan will let individual travellers enter the country without a visa from 11 October, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Thursday (22 September) in New York, according to a report by Nikkei.
"We will remove the cap on the number of people entering the country, and will resume accepting individual travel and visa-free travel," Kishida said.
Currently, Japan requires visas for all visitors and only allows them to enter via package tours, with the daily limit set at 50,000 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The country is hoping for its tourism sector to receive a boost from the weak yen, which is around 24-year lows against the US dollar. The yen is trading around 142 to the greenback a while ago.
Before the pandemic, Japan welcomed a record 31.8 million visitors in 2019.
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