Island tour

Visiting Japanese tour operators before reopening

Tour operators must visit major sights, including a site where the Japanese prime minister’s great-grandfather ran a kimono shop

A group of 25 Japanese tour operators are due to arrive in Taiwan on Sunday next week for a four-day tour, as Taiwan prepares to reopen its borders amid signs the COVID-19 pandemic is easing, officials said yesterday. Ministry of Transport and Communications sources.

It would be the first group of foreign nationals to enter Taiwan for tourism purposes since the ban on foreign tourist arrivals on March 19, 2020.

Tour operators should visit the Taipei 101 skyscraper, New Taipei City’s Jiufen (九份), Keelung Heping Island Park (和平島公園) and other city landmarks including the ancient site of a kimono shop run by the great-grandfather. of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the sources said.

Photo courtesy of New Taipei City Government via CNA

Tour operators would also take a tourist restaurant bus in Taipei, which would stop at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall where the Taiwan Lantern Festival will be held next year, the sources said, adding that they would also meet local tour operators. . and officials from the Tourist Office.

They would be exempt from the COVID-19 prevention policy of three days of isolation followed by four days of prevention of self-illness, the sources said.

However, measures are said to be in place to prevent them from coming into contact with local residents, the sources said.

Plans to invite tour operators from other countries for similar tours are underway as part of the government’s preparations to reopen Taiwan to international tourists, the sources said.

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