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Japan opens its borders for international tourists after two years.

"Japan will relax border control measures to be on par with the US..." said Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Japan will finally open its doors back up to foreign tourists from around the world, after more than two years of closed borders due to the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.


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Starting from 11 October, tourists will be able to visit the country without a visa, and also will no longer need to go through a travel agency.

Along with Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong had also relaxed entry rules for visitors.

The Japanese yen has slid to its slowest point against the US dollar in six months and thus, the anticipated influx of travellers will be a welcome boost to government and also the local businesses.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also announced a domestic travel incentive scheme that will give discounts on travel, sporting events and concerts, theme park prices.Japanese residents and citizens will be eligible for a 11,000 yen (£69; $77) subsidy.

The death rate of Covid-19 is the lowest among the world's wealthiest nations, while the country's vaccination rate is among the highest.