Japan Reopens Border to Ind. Tourists Starting Oct. 11 日本10/11開放自由行 0+7新制掀旅遊潮

Travel agencies are taking advantage of the situation, offering a 7-day travel package to Tokyo at less than NT$18,000 per person. 


Business is finally heating up for travel agencies in Taiwan as CECC announced that the mandatory quarantine requirement is changed to 0+7 starting Oct. 13. Agencies have been busy picking up calls asking about plane tickets and tour packages traveling to Japan since Japan has also announced to reopen their border to independent tourists and cancel the daily cap on arrivals starting Oct. 11. 

Shan Feng, Vice President, Lion Travel: “The autumn foliage season is coming up and many would like to travel to Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto to view maple trees. The plane ticket price has gone up about 30 to 40 percent, but due to the depreciation of the Japanese Yen, travelers get to save up in shopping.”

Agencies laid out various tour packages to Japan with maple-viewing, skiing, or new year's eve themes for travelers to choose from. Individual 7-day travel packages to Tokyo cost as low as NT$17,888 per person for departure on Oct. 11 and NT$15,888 for 5 days departing on Oct. 13. The peak season for traveling can be foreseen to last till March of 2023 for sakura viewing. Ticket prices will likely stay high since demand shall exceed supply. As to when the government will start allowing tour groups to go out and come in to Taiwan, Transportation and Communications Minister Wang Kwo-tsai said it is time for the travel industry to get ready.

Wang Kwo-tsai, Minister of Transportation and Communications: “Let's see how it goes from Oct. 13 and onward. It takes time for traveling to go back to normal. So I think now is the time for the industry to get ready and make contacts with travel agencies from other countries and also plan for our own group packages.”

With countries around the world mostly opening up their borders, Minister Wang said the Taiwanese government has also set up post-pandemic tourism policies and made necessary arrangements and training for safe traveling to welcome tourists back to the island.

 

 

 

國內「0+7」即將啟動,加上日本首相岸田文雄宣布,10月11日取消入境人數上限,並開放國外旅客自由行、短期入境免簽證,讓旅遊業者詢問電話接不完,預計這波政策開放將帶動赴日旅遊熱潮。

雄獅旅遊副總經理單葑表示:「現在因為接下來是賞楓的旺季,詢問度最多的還是在於東京跟大阪還有京都,整體日本的票價的話,大概漲幅是3到4成,自由行的部分到了當地的目的地,因為日圓的貶值,所以相對來講的話,其實旅客在購物的部分跟消費的部分,是相對的划算。」

旅遊業者表示,目前已在官網推出日本各大城市自由行商品,目標鎖定賞楓、滑雪、跨年等熱門季節,若想最快10月11日衝日本東京7日,自由行只要1萬7888元起,10月13日出發東京5日每人也只要1萬5888元起。但旅遊業者也提醒,從秋冬一直到明年的第一季都是旅遊的旺季,加上228連續假期、3月賞櫻季等,整體來說機位將「需求大於供給」,票價降幅有限。而各界也關心,禁止旅行業組團出國或帶旅客來台的「禁團令」,何時鬆綁上路?對此,交通部長王國材表示,請觀光業開始準備。

王國材表示:「(禁團令鬆綁)現在就是以10月13日為主,因為包括攬客或是準備,大概也需要一段時間,所以想說現在就可以準備,包括旅行團要進來或是我們要出去。」

王國材表示,現在全世界都在開放邊境,觀光業也等很久了,我們在出入境團的指引都做好了,相關的培訓也做了,期待更多的觀光客到台灣。

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