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Canada, Japan and Hong Kong among travel destinations ending Covid travel restrictions

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Happy World Tourism Day – the world is (finally) in your oyster again. Canada kicked off the party by announcing yesterday that it was lifting its vaccine requirements to enter the country, its latest Covid-related border restriction, on October 1.

  • Japan said last week that it would end its cap of 50,000 daily visitors and its ban on individual travelers from October 11.
  • hong kong yesterday dropped its hotel quarantine policy the second you get here. (Although arrivals will have to wait three days before they can go to bars and restaurants.)

But as even the most closed countries reopen to international travellers, Spring Breaking will no longer be the same as before the pandemic. For example, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan welcomed visitors for the first time in two-and-a-half years on Friday while introducing a ‘sustainability’ tax of $200 per person per night to ensure only big spenders stay. For dinner.

Big picture: Tourism isn’t expected to return to these areas immediately, but your friend with the “Wanderlust” tattoo is probably already planning his next insta caption. After Hong Kong announced its relaxation of rules last week, flights from the city to Osaka, Japan jumped 7,300% from the previous weekend.—MM