Japan To Fully Reopen To Independent Travel From 11th October
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At a news conference at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said today (Thursday 22nd) that in addition to lifting the daily cap, currently at 50,000, Japan will resume visa-free, individual trips to the country the same day.
Here are the key bullets effective from 11th of next month:
As ever with these kind of announcements from the Japanese Prime Minister, the precise implementation details have yet to be officially confirmed, but all the signs are these will be forthcoming over the next couple of weeks.
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