International arrivals in Japan were still down 99% in August 2020

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) announced that the number of international visitors to Japan was down 99.7% year on year to 8,700 in August 2020.The YOY reduction was seen for 11 months in a row, and the almost zero results have been seen since April.

The Japanese government continued travel restrictions for international visitors, including quarantine and entry refusal, in August as well to prevent the COVID-19 virus from flowing into Japan. Meantime, ‘Residence Track’ or ‘Business Track’ between Japan and Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia as well as Thailand and Vietnam will start soon. 

According to OAG, an aviation date provider, international flight arrivals in six major airports (Haneda, Narita, Kansai, Nagoya, Sapporo and Fukuoka) in Japan were down 87.6% to 2,860 in August and available seats were also down 88.0% to 637,766. 

The graph below illustrates monthly changes of international visitors in 2020 and breakdown by market in August 2020. 



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