Japan to loosen COVID-19 travel restrictions on Oct 11

Japan to loosen COVID-19 travel restrictions on Oct. 11.

Japan, COVID-19 travel restrictions, Oct

Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Japan will relax its strict COVID-19 border controls and open up the tourism industry on Oct. 11, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in New York on Thursday. The country will reinstate visa waivers and end the cap on daily arrivals. Kishida said the goal is to "relax border control measures to be on par with the U.S." Advertisement While Japans decision comes as the countrys deadliest wave of the pandemic recedes, it could also provide a boost to the countrys economy. The yen is at its lowest level against the dollar in decades, making the nation an attractive and cheaper tourist spot. Japan let visitors from 68 countries stay for as long as 90 days before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Bloomberg. The country saw a record 32 million visitors in 2019. That number collapsed to 246,000 last year. COVID-19 cases and deaths worldwide remain at the lowest levels since June with an 11% weekly drop in infections to around 475,000 daily and a 10% decline in fatalities to about 1,550 each day -- about one-tenth of the record highs. Advertisement Kishida also announced plans for the government to help prop up the yen. "The principle is for markets to decide currency levels, but we cannot overlook repeated excessive moves due to speculation," Kishida said. Read More Japan PM demands U.N. reforms following Russias invasion of Ukraine Russia, China strengthen relations with high-level meetings amid war in Ukraine Topics PoliticsCOVID-19 Latest Headlines World News // 5 days ago Cat 4 Hurricane Fiona approaches Bermuda, creates swells that could affect U.S. Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Hurricane Fiona, which is a major Category 4 storm, is headed for Bermuda on Thursday and is expected to bring severe winds and rain to the island, forecasters said. World News // 54 minutes ago Mexican minister proposes committee to mediate end to Ukraine War in U.N. speech Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Mexico on Wednesday during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly proposed to world leaders the establishment of a new committee to mediate a peaceful solution to the conflict. World News // 5 hours ago Irish PM calls for political will to solve world crises in U.N. speech Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Irelands Prime Minister Micheal Martin urged the United Nations to strengthen its "political will" to solve world crises in his speech before the U.N. General Assembly Thursday. World News // 5 hours ago Secretary of State Anthony Blinken calls on U.N. to send Putin a message Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Referencing Russian President Vladimir Putins "reckless nuclear threats," U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on the United Nations to send Russia a message on Thursday. World News // 7 hours ago U.S. sanctions Irans morality police after womans death Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The Treasury and State Departments announced sanctions against Irans morality police and seven senior security officials following the death of 22 year-old Mahsa Amini who was detained for wearing a hijab improperly. World News // 9 hours ago Israeli PM Yair Lapid calls for two-state solution to Palestinian conflict at U.N. Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Delivering remarks before the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid expressed support for a "two-state solution" to the conflict with Palestine. World News // 10 hours ago Turkey bucks mainstream monetary policy with interest rate cut Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Turkey surprised global economists with another cut to its key interest rate Thursday, the same day that Bank of England announced a half-point increase to its bank rate amid raging inflation. World News // 11 hours ago Nearly 200 whales die after being stranded on a Tasmanian beach Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Tasmanian officials said Thursday that most of the 230 whales that were found stranded on a beach have died. World News // 17 hours ago Leaders from Israel, Mexico, Ireland, Yemen speak Thursday at U.N. General Assembly Sept. 22 (UPI) -- President Joe Biden spent a second day in New York City on Thursday as more world leaders speak at the 77th United Nations General Assembly, where the top focus so far has been Russias war in Ukraine. World News // 15 hours ago Bank of England hikes interest rates to highest level in 14 years Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The Bank of England voted to raise interest rates Thursday amid concern that the British economy might be entering a recession during a pervasive energy crisis thats gripping most of Europe.

Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Japan will relax its strict COVID-19 border controls and open up the tourism industry on Oct. 11, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in New York on Thursday.

The country will reinstate visa waivers and end the cap on daily arrivals. Kishida said the goal is to "relax border control measures to be on par with the U.S." Advertisement

While Japans decision comes as the countrys deadliest wave of the pandemic recedes, it could also provide a boost to the countrys economy. The yen is at its lowest level against the dollar in decades, making the nation an attractive and cheaper tourist spot.

Japan let visitors from 68 countries stay for as long as 90 days before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Bloomberg. The country saw a record 32 million visitors in 2019. That number collapsed to 246,000 last year.

COVID-19 cases and deaths worldwide remain at the lowest levels since June with an 11% weekly drop in infections to around 475,000 daily and a 10% decline in fatalities to about 1,550 each day -- about one-tenth of the record highs. Advertisement

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