Monday, June 17, 2024

Japan issued 1.29 mn visas in 2022

Japan issued 1.29 million visas to foreign nationals in 2022, up roughly 14 fold from the previous year after the country dropped Covid-19 border control measures, the Foreign Ministry has announced.

While the total is still far from the pre-pandemic record high of 8.28 million in 2019, it marked the first increase in three years following the country’s relaxation of the Covid-related border controls in April, Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry as saying.

The number of visas issued to enter Japan dipped sharply during the pandemic, falling to 1.12 million in 2020 when the country started tightening its border control measures and dropped to 90,306 in 2021, the lowest figure since comparable data became available in 1999.

In 2022, 186,577 visas, or 14 per cent of the total, were issued in China, followed by Vietnam with 177,329, the Philippines with 134,607, South Korea with 104,937, Indonesia with 92,663 and the US with 88,557.

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