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Japan to welcome back foreign tourists but not from Vietnam

By Dao Loan

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HCMC – The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) on May 27 announced that the Japanese Government had decided to welcome back international visitors from June 10, but Vietnamese will still be restricted from traveling to Japan.

The country will allow in tourists from countries and territories certified as “green”, meaning the places must have a low ratio of Covid cases. But Vietnam is listed as a “yellow” zone, so Vietnamese tourists are restricted from traveling to Japan.

According to information from the NHK World – Japan channel, tourists from 98 countries and territories, including the U.S., South Korea and China, can come to Japan.

Japan has classified Vietnam as “yellow”, so it will not allow in Vietnamese tourists yet. Only students, trainees and businessmen from Vietnam who have been vaccinated with at least three valid doses can come to Japan and enjoy exemption from medical isolation.

Among the countries in Southeast Asia, only Vietnam has been ranked as a “yellow zone,” and the rest have been certified as “green zones.”

JNTO did not indicate specific criteria for classifying countries and territories into green, yellow or red zones.

Along with opening its doors to tourists from some markets, the Japanese Government also decided that from June 1, it would increase the number of daily entries from 10,000 to 20,000 people and reopen more airports to serve international flights.

Foreign tourists can only come to Japan on package tours from June 10.

According to JNTO, from January to April 2022, there were 42,900 Vietnamese arrivals to Japan, down 75.9% against the same period in 2019.

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