Foreign visitors to Japan plummets 99.9 percent in April amid pandemic

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-20 23:03:12|Editor: huaxia

TOKYO, May 20 (Xinhua) -- The number of foreign visitors to Japan in April plummeted by 99.9 percent from a year ago due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the government said in a report on Wednesday.

According to estimates by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), only 2,900 foreign visitors came to Japan in the recording period, marking the seventh successive month of decline and the lowest since the organization's record keeping began in 1964.

With global travel restrictions and entry bans put in place as countries, including Japan, stepped up measures to curb the spread of coronavirus infections, the number of inbound travelers here took a nosedive in the recording period.

The number of visitors from China fell to 200 in April from 726,132 from a year earlier, and those from South Korea tumbled to 300 from 566,624, the latest data showed .

Those from China's Taiwan and the United States also dropped to 300 each from 403,467 and 170,247, respectively, in the recording period, the JNTO also said.

There were less than 10 visitors from Germany, Italy and Singapore in April, the organization also said.

In early April, Japan expanded its travel restrictions to cover 70 countries. This month, the entry ban was expanded again restricting the entry of citizens of 100 countries and territories as part of ongoing measures to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Between January and April, the accumulated number of foreign visitors stood at 3.94 million, dropping by 64.1 percent from a year earlier, the JNTO also said.

Meanwhile, the number of Japanese nationals leaving the country in the recording month tumbled 99.8 percent on year to just 3,900 people, the organization's data also showed. Enditem