If you’ve been dreaming of an overseas holiday – get ready to dust off your passport and start planning a trip to Japan!
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease around the world, the Japanese government is putting together a plan to subsidise a portion of tourists’ travel expenses.
Meaning they will pay you to visit their country where you can eat all the delicious sushi you like!
Exactly how this will work is currently under review, but one likely consideration is that Japan will pay for half the cost of a tourist’s flight.
There’s currently a $19 billion plan being considered which could be put in place as soon as July once the coronavirus outbreak is under control.
The Tourism Restart Taskforce in Australia have announced that Aussies will be allowed to travel to NZ and the Pacific from July 1, and other countries deemed “safe” from September. So you could be packing your bags sooner than you think.
The Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Hiroshi Tabata said that the details are still being worked through and it’s not yet known how long the scheme will last or which countries it will be available to - but fingers crossed Australia is on the list!
But one thing is for sure, Japan is eager to get their tourism industry back up and running, like many other countries around the world.
The key difference for Japan is that they have had limited Coronavirus cases compared to the rest of the world with 16,628 cases and 851 deaths.
Japan has now lifted the nation’s state of emergency, signalling that they are keen to get travellers back into their country especially with the 2021 Tokyo Olympic games planned for next year.
And it seems they are following in the footsteps of Italy, with Sicily recently annoucing that they will pay for part of tourists travel and accommodation once border restrictions ease.
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