Confusion over Japan’s ‘lifting’ of travel ban as tourists remain barred

Japan delighted its many journey followers the world over on Wednesday, when it introduced that it could elevate its blanket journey ban on international guests from 106 international locations, together with the UK and US.

Nevertheless, don’t e book a ticket simply but – it additionally seems that travellers arriving for the aim of tourism are nonetheless barred.

The nation’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs introduced the elevate of the journey ban, which got here into impact at midnight final night time, saying: “The next 106 international locations won’t be topic to denial of permission to enter Japan from 0.00 am (JST) on 8 April 2022.”

The listing of nations consists of the UK, US, Canada, and 42 European nations.

Most African nations, together with European international locations together with Russia and Armenia, stay banned.

However the satan is within the element: with visa exemption agreements nonetheless suspended and embassies overseas nonetheless limiting visas, vacationers stay unable to get in.

“In actuality, there will likely be no change to who can enter Japan,” a Justice Ministry official instructed The Japan Instances, when requested to make clear the assertion. “There received’t be anybody new who will have the ability to enter Japan on account of this alteration.”

The Overseas Workplace recommendation for Britons says, “Chances are you’ll apply for a visa to enter Japan for enterprise, research or functions apart from tourism”.

Enterprise travellers, international staff and guests equivalent to entertainers have been allowed into the nation since 1 March, topic to a PCR or LAMP Covid take a look at taken with 72 hours, plus a well being type and signed pledge committing to Japan’s Covid tips.

As the federal government has given no sign as to after they would possibly ease visa restrictions for the 100+ international locations not barred, the wait continues for vacationers desperate to return after two years.

Japan closed its borders in spring 2020 and has maintained a few of the strictest Covid restrictions on the earth since then.

It has proven indicators of eager to open up – on the finish of February, the federal government eased the cap on day by day guests from 3,500 to five,000 per day, then 7,000, with stories that it will rise to 10,000 on 10 April.

Many travellers had been hoping to have the ability to go to throughout cherry blossom (sakura) season, which started in mid-March and runs till early Could.

“Though this wasn’t the massive reopening announcement that InsideJapan and the journey trade was ready for, each announcement that comes from the Japanese authorities is critical,” stated Alastair Donnelly, cofounder of Inside Journey Group, which incorporates the specialist InsideJapan.

“The federal government can have recognized a sequence of steps that must be taken to reopen the nation. As we speak’s transfer might have been only a change to a authorized technicality, nevertheless it was additionally fairly an enormous transfer in the direction of opening to worldwide journey.

“Though gradual, Japan is shifting nearer to opening to worldwide tourism once more and we can’t wait to get individuals there once more.”

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