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Coronavirus

Japan to test accepting tourists from Singapore, Thailand and more

U.S., Australia included in trial letting in small groups ahead of easing in June

Kansai International Airport in Osaka. The government will develop guidelines for businesses based on the results of the project involving visitors from four countries. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will begin a trial project this month on accepting fully vaccinated inbound tourists, the Japan Tourism Agency said on Tuesday, ahead of its broader easing of COVID-19 border control measures slated for June.

Small groups of tourists will be accepted from four countries -- the U.S., Australia, Thailand and Singapore -- to test the effectiveness of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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