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It's gonna be June! Japanese PM hints at reopening to travellers next month

Overnight, during his visit to the UK, the Japanese Prime Minister said that Japan will be easing restrictions in June, to bring the country more in line with other G7 nations, in terms of entry requirements.

Overnight, during his visit to the UK, the Japanese Prime Minister said that Japan will be easing restrictions in June, to bring the country more in line with other G7 nations, in terms of entry requirements.

After much speculation as to when Japan would reopen its borders to tourism again, Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida made the clearest hint yet of Japan’s intention to open in a speech yesterday to the City of London.

Referring to the situation in Ukraine, post-Covid economics, the G20 theme of ‘Recover together, recover faster’ and in light of Japan taking on the G7 presidency in 2023, Prime Minister Kishida made the clearest suggestion yet that Japan’s borders would be opening next month.

The Nikkei reported the Prime Minister as saying, “At the end of last year, Japan strengthened its border control measures in response to the global spread of the Omicron variant.

“We have now eased border control measures significantly, with the next easing taking place in June when Japan will introduce a smoother entry process similar to that of other G7 members”.

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While not officially confirmed yet by the Japanese government, tour operator InsideJapan said it applauds the long-awaited announcement from the Japanese government.

“This is something we have waited over two years for and something that can’t come soon enough,” said the group’s Co-founder, Simon King.

“Although details and dates are yet to be confirmed, it would seem that Japan is set to open for tourism again in June. We have thousands of customers that cannot wait to travel, and inquiries are verging on pre-pandemic levels.

“This is the news we have all been waiting for,” King continued.

InsideJapan will be launching its new digital brochure in the coming weeks in anticipation of the full announcement.

For more information visit www.japan.travel and www.insidejapantours.com