In a long-awaited move, Japan is partially reopening its borders, allowing all foreign nationals from around the world who are planning to relocate to Japan to seek entry permission starting Thursday.

The government’s announcement of its relaxed border controls last Friday came as Japan prepares for the Tokyo Games, which have been postponed until next summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The entry restrictions on foreign nationals, which were introduced in April with the aim of curtailing the spread of the coronavirus into Japan, have since been updated through September and now cover 159 countries and regions.