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Japan may allow 10,000 people per day to enter country from April

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The word to focus on is: May

-8 ( +7 / -15 )

Super over controls by Japan Gov.

Foreigners are allowed to visit North Korea but still not in Japan.

-2 ( +13 / -15 )

Thé US and 10 countries in Europe allow free passage but Japan is still ‘considering’

How wearisome Japan is…

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The bigger sticking point for me is the 3 PCR tests needed for re-entry.

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Thé US and 10 countries in Europe allow free passage but Japan is still ‘considering’

How wearisome Japan is…

They're smart. UK and most of the EU have lifted most Covid-19 restrictions and not surprisingly infection rates have doubled in the past week. We are not over this pandemic yet despite all the misguided wishful thinking.

-1 ( +12 / -13 )

How is this number enforced? Is it already counted into the number of airplane tickets sold? Or is it entirely possible to show up for your flight only to be told that sorry, but the guy in front of you was the last person allowed into Japan??

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The word to focus on is: May"

Glad it makes sense to the govt. since schools start in April huh...

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As long as the open by Autumn....

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To whom @Sanjino? As residents the borders are open. Without quarantine from most countries.

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sure - downvote me. it is a fact.

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How many non-tourist visitors were there pre-COVID per day?

10k per day is 3.5 million. I don't believe there were 10,000 non-tourist visitors, since the total number was 30 million or so in 2019, the vast majority of them Chinese and Korean tour groups.

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In 2019, about 100,000 tourists entered Japan per day.

Correct, I said that. But the 10,000 per day is specifically not for tourists, but for business visitors, "students" and "trainees."

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Snail's pace.

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Europe has opened their doors to millions, most unvaccinated. The anti-vaxxers are probably thinking, look, no vaccine, no masks, no sanitisers, no bubbles, no infections. No one seems to be telling us infection rates anymore, very strange

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@sheikh yerboaby

I’d also like to know this. Or if there is even an answer to your questions. Seem like the airlines are just selling tickets to fill % of the planes over the very near term, and 3 + weeks out they publish “phantom” schedules that always change.

So far Japan hasn’t ever hit any of the caps that I’m aware of.

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@ zoroto

they can;t separate tourists and business travelers for much longer. As it is, most business travelers can’t enter without a sponsor. I would never ask a Japanese customer to sponspor me nor would I ever go to Japan to visit just one customer. Add to that I have decade old friends in Japan. After hundreds of days in Tokyo, what am I? Business man or Tourist?

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Europe has opened their doors to millions, most unvaccinated.

Yes, the door are open, but that doesn't mean people are coming. Look the example of Bali, Phuket and the other places who reopened. Even Europe, even if there are no restriction to do so, the amount of American tourists are a small fraction of before. And, of course, 0 from China.

Inflation is high so even in the best of times, tourism would be down. Also many people change their lifestyle in these last couple of days, and realized they don't need to travel far on the miserable airlines to have a good time.

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couple of days

couple of YEARS, sorry.

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They’re not economic refugees. They’re white Christians for the most part. Lots of children. They’re not Chinese and they’re not Muslims. It might be a more tolerable solution for assimilation and helping with Japan’s declining birthrate. Why not turn them loose on the disappearing farms in the shrinking rural areas of Japan? You could get two birds with one stone that way.

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well better be careful and act carefully.

i see nothing bad if Japan reacts slow this case.

lets wait until situation will be kind of normalized and calm.travel abroad can wait,there is no hurry abt it at all.especially when you get annoyed by some tests or some kind of vaccine passports in many places now...no way to travel and be humiliated this way...

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...but I can't get in to visit friends / Onsen

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The word to focus on is: May

You give them too much credit. I think a better estimation would be late summer or autumn. Mayhaps even late autumn.

J-gov's milking the pandemic for all it's worth to keep out those dirty, disease ridden, troublemaking foreigners while allowing their own people to toddle off to all four corners of the globe for study and business. The blatant hypocrisy is astonishing.

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Hopefully after that, even if still off limits to tourists , they remove limits on incoming nontourists

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How is this number enforced?

By limiting the number of available pcr tests =)

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Hopefully after that, even if still off limits to tourists , they remove limits on incoming nontourists

There is no practical limit to the incoming non-tourists. 10,000 might as well be 1 billion per day. It will never be filled with business people.

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Most people in the US have pretty much forgotten about COVID. It's still around, but no one is worrying anymore. It's like how cold and flu viruses are out there, but most people know they won't have a significant reaction. At least the vaccinated ones.

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Lift all quarantine requirements on residents.

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Most people in the US have pretty much forgotten about COVID. It's still around, but no one is worrying anymore. It's like how cold and flu viruses are out there, but most people know they won't have a significant reaction. At least the vaccinated ones.

Seems forgotten but not gone

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/#graph-deaths-daily

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At least the vaccinated ones.

When less than 70% are vaccinated, that's a lot of people who need to worry.

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This ANA info site might be helpful and help clear a lot of questions about traveling to/from here in general

https://www.ana.co.jp/en/jp/topics/coronavirus-travel-information/immigration/

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New Zealand is opening up its borders in April as well.

Time to start thinking about travel again. My kids haven't seen their Baba and Gigi for more than 2 years!

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"April marks the start of Japan's business and school year and demand for travel normally increases at this time of year."

It's also the day that you stop using the heaters on trains, despite it being more than 22°C in many places today, proving how arbitrary these dates or. Or maybe they have evidence confirming that foreigners stop carrying the virus from April 1st. Shouldn't they not allow the gates open until 8:00 p.m., though, Japan time?

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They're smart. UK and most of the EU have lifted most Covid-19 restrictions and not surprisingly infection rates have doubled in the past week. We are not over this pandemic yet despite all the misguided wishful thinking.

But the number of people falling seriously ill or dying are very low compared to the last two years...

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This ANA info site might be helpful and help clear a lot of questions about traveling to/from here in general

https://www.ana.co.jp/en/jp/topics/coronavirus-travel-information/immigration/

Thanks or the link. What a whole lot of hoopla for getting into the country. Who, other than the weeabos, is going to bother with that? I would go somewhere else for my holidays.

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I live in the US but can technically get into Japan because I'm on a family registry there (my wife is Japanese). However we haven't been back because we don't want to sit in a crappy hotel by the airport eating TV dinners for half of our vacation, and be under house arrest for the other half.

Anyone know what the deal its now on that front? I almost stopped paying attention.

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Europe has opened their doors to millions, most unvaccinated. The anti-vaxxers are probably thinking, look, no vaccine, no masks, no sanitisers, no bubbles, no infections. No one seems to be telling us infection rates anymore, very strange

You are not looking I think.

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/europe-getting-hit-covid-resurgence-after-rushed-exit

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My wife still can't visit her aged mother in Japan. This tyranny needs to end and return to the old normal.

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The bigger sticking point for me is the 3 PCR tests needed for re-entry.

According to the US Embassy web site and as of March 1, if you are fully vaccinated and boosted, then you no longer need the third test and you can use public transport from the airport. So that's a bit easier. But even so, traveling to the US to visit or take care of business will require three PCR tests at a cost of about $700, so yeah, that's a problem for me.

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