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Japan scraps Covid border controls in hopes of reviving tourism boom

Press photographers stand on ladders to take images of a tour group after their arrival at the international terminal of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Tuesday, as Japan reopened to foreign travellers after two-and-a-half years of Covid restrictions. (AFP photo)

Japan removed on Tuesday its cap on daily arrivals and its ban on individual, non-prearranged trips as it seeks to revive the country’s struggling inbound tourism sector by easing its Covid-19 border controls.

In addition to lifting the 50,000-person entry cap and ending the requirement that tourists travel on package tours, Japan will no longer require visitors to obtain a visa if they are citizens of a country with which Japan had a waiver agreement before the…

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