Tourists in Japan likely to jump on looser COVID-19 restrictions KBS WORLD

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Japan travel bookings are expected to rise after Tokyo announced plans to scrap its daily cap of 50,000 foreign travelers and allow visa-free travel from October 11.

Flag carrier Korean Air said booking volume for flights to Japan in October tripled from September, while the booking rate jumped 24 percentage points.

Low-cost carrier Jeju Air’s Incheon-Narita route saw the booking rate for October fall from 40% from September 5 to the mid-50s from Wednesday, while the rate of its Incheon-Sapporo flight has jumped from the mid-50s to the mid-range by 80 percent.

Local travel agencies also reported that bookings had reached levels last seen before the 2019 boycott of Japanese goods triggered by Tokyo’s export restrictions against South Korea in apparent retaliation over food concerns. the colonial era.

The changes to Japan’s travel policy follow its earlier suspension of mandatory COVID-19 testing before entry and allowing entry for group tours without a travel guide, which had already led to a steady increase in the number of travelers from South Korea.