The Japan reopened its doors to tourism this Tuesday (11) after two and a half years of severe restrictions due to Covid-19and officials expect the arrival of visitors attracted by a cheap yen, which will help support the economy.
In the early hours of Tuesday, tourists arrived from Israel, France and the United Kingdom.
“It’s a very, very long dream come true,” said Adi Bromshtine, a 69-year-old pensioner who arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda airport from Israel. “We planned before Covid and we were waiting,” she told AFP.
Japan reopened its doors to tourism this Tuesday — Photo: Thiago Reis/ g1
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Itay Galili, a 22-year-old student, said he has closely monitored the news to find out when the borders will reopen.
“As soon as I knew they were going to reopen on the 11th, I started planning. The tickets were expensive (…) but no price is too high,” he told AFP.
O Japan closed its borders at the beginning of the pandemic and even prevented the return of foreign residents. As of Tuesday, visa-free entry for visitors from 68 countries and territories has resumed.
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Between the requirements that still apply is the requirement to be vaccinated or test negative for coronavirus three days before traveling.
Japan welcomed a record 31.9 million foreign visitors in 2019, but the number dropped to 250,000 in 2021.
A novelty for foreign tourists will be the devaluation of the local currency, the yen, valued at around 145 per dollar, a level not seen in two decades.
The government has already intervened once to strengthen the currency, and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida cited the yen’s weakness as a factor he hopes will help attract tourists.