Japan to Raise Daily Tourist Limit to 50,000 Next Month

Japan is set to double the daily limit on tourists to 50,000 people as soon as next month, joining  the rest of the world in relaxing pandemic restrictions, unidentified government officials revealed Tuesday.

According to local reports, Japan plans to increase the daily quota for tourists from 20,000 to 50,000, and is also considering removing the requirement for a negative Covid-19 test to enter the country, as part of a series of progressively easing pandemic restrictions.

Travelers currently need to submit negative results from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure to Japan.

The small number of international visitors visiting Japan spent 120 billion yen (US$874 billion) last year, while in 2019, they spent 4.8 trillion yen (US$350 billion), or 40 times more, according to the Japan Tourism Agency.