It appears that the strict rules for international travel to Japan under the Covid-19 coronavirus are finally loosening this month. From September 1, all foreign residents can travel inside and outside of Japan. Following this, on September 8, Japan will expand its travel bubble to include five other Asian countries and regions: Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Taiwan. These five locations will join Thailand and Vietnam in Japan’s expanding travel bubble.
The travel bubble is open to long-term residents and people on short business trips. Anyone entering the bubble will need to self-quarantine for 14 days, and while reports have not confirmed this, it is likely that travelers will also need to submit a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. negative. Residents should also check with their local embassies for additional coronavirus prevention measures. “Japan hopes to both prevent the spread of the coronavirus and resume trading activities,” Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said, according to The Japan Times.
Japan is also negotiating with Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Macao, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea. Singapore and Japan have also agreed to create a travel bubble in September, but have yet to specify a date.
Even as entry restrictions for foreign residents are easing, Japan has also added thirteen other countries to its no-entry list for tourists and other visitors, bringing the number of no-go areas to 159.
For more information on the travel bubble and entry requirements, see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
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