Tokyo, Dec. 15 (Jiji Press)–The number of visitors to Japan stood at 20,700 in November, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization’s estimate released Wednesday.
The monthly figure remained stagnant due to entry restrictions Japan introduced in line with the spread of the novel coronavirus, with the figure down 99.2 pct from the level in November 2019 before the COVID-19 outbreak.
In the latest reporting month, the estimated number of visitors from China stood at 3,200. Visitors from South Korea came to 2,000 and those from Vietnam totaled 1,800.
In November, foreign business people, students and technical intern trainees were allowed entry into Japan as an exception, on the back of progress in coronavirus vaccinations.
The Japanese government, however, banned new entries of foreign nationals again from Nov. 30, in principle, following the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant.
The move will likely cause a further drop in the number of visitors to Japan for December.