Japan said on Thursday it would reopen its borders to international visitors on group trips, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The move follows an earlier announcement this week that tourists that test negative and live in specified countries with strong vaccine programs and relatively low rates of spread of coronavirus would be exempted from arrival testing and quarantine as of June 1, Travel Voice Japan reported.

There’s a limit on the program.

The 20,000 cap on daily visitors is below the average of 87,000 a day in 2019. At best, “the economic impact would be only one-fourth of that in 2019,” said Toshihiro Nagahama, an economist at the Dai-Ichi Life Research Institute Inc.


U.S., Australia, Thailand, and Singapore are among the selected countries to start.

From a buying power perspective, now is a great time for U.S.-dollar-carrying tourists to visit Japan, as the buying power of the dollar stretches far because of currency exchange shifts.

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