More than 1,300 people have applied to travel to Japan on guided tours since the country restarted visa procedures to accept some leisure visitors from abroad a week ago as worries about the COVID-19 pandemic wane, a government agency said Friday.
Koichi Wada, who heads the Japan Tourism Agency, said at a press conference that over 300 applications have been received for June, with around 1,000 from July onward.
The very first group comprising a small number of people arrived in Japan on Wednesday, he said, without revealing their nationalities.
Wada said he expects entries to Japan to “rise slowly,” with most of the arrivals coming mainly from Southeast Asian countries, as well as South Korea and the United States.
Tour participants to Japan are requested to observe infection prevention measures, including wearing masks, and are asked to take out medical insurance in the event they contract the coronavirus. Operators of package tours are required to explain to customers that they may not be able to travel if they do not follow the guidelines.
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