Japan to allow visa-free, independent tourists

Japan will finally lift more of its Covid border curbs next month. From 11 October, the country will allow individual trips visa-free and remove the daily visitor cap, which is currently at 50,000.  This will allow medical tourism to build again.

Japan currently only allows tourists on authorised group tours and all require visas.

Prior to the pandemic, Japan allowed visa-free travel for nationals of 68 countries and territories.

It had over 30 million visitors annually before Covid struck.

Medical tourism had begun to grow but with concerns over health, the government has, as yet, no intention of promoting inbound medical tourism.