Japan To Ease Entry Restrictions For Citizens Of All Countries In October
Japan in October plans to ease entry restrictions for citizens of all foreign countries imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the special government headquarters to prevent the spread of coronavirus by the country's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
"It is necessary to resume international communication to restore the economy," Kyodo News Agency quoted him as saying. At the same time, according to the Prime Minister, the easing at this stage will not affect tourists. It will focus on medium-and long-term stays for medical, educational, and business purposes. The sphere of cultural activity will also fall under the lifting of restrictions. International students studying in Japan will also be affected.
Earlier this week, the Japanese newspaper Asahi reported that about 1 thousand people from all over the world would be able to enter Japan per day for these reasons. They need to have a negative coronavirus test done before the flight and will have to undergo a two-week quarantine upon arrival. According to the publication, the country's authorities intend to further expand opportunities for entry, except for tourist trips. In November, international airports in Japan in major cities, including Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, and Sapporo, will be able to receive up to 20 thousand people a day.
So far, the Japanese government has been exploring the possibility of easing restrictions on the entry of foreign citizens from 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, where there is a stable situation with the spread of infection. First of all, this applies to business delegations, business trips, and people who have a permanent residence permit. From this list, citizens of Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Singapore have already received relief. Negotiations are also underway with China, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and some other countries.
Due to the pandemic, Japan has banned entry for citizens of almost 160 countries, including the United States, EU, and the Southeast Asian States, China, South Korea, Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.