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Japan to allow visa-free individual tourists from Oct. 11

Kishida announces full reopening as weak yen gives visitors extra incentive

A welcome party for a tour group from Hong Kong at Tokyo's Haneda Airport: Soon, individual travelers will also be allowed to visit Japan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will resume visa-free entry for individual travelers on Oct. 11, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Thursday in New York, bringing its border rules close to pre-pandemic norms for the first time in about two and a half years.

"We will remove the cap on the number of people entering the country, and will resume accepting individual travel and visa-free travel," Kishida said.

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