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Japan Will Ease Travel Restrictions to Select Countries Early September

Updated: Sep 22


Japan is continuously fighting non-stop coronavirus infections through intense contact tracing and daily rapid tests. While the government is working hard to curb the number of new active cases, it’s also been doubling down on its efforts to save the economy.


Japan has been in talks with the Singaporean and Malaysian governments to start easing travel restrictions between them. As of now, there are still 146 countries and regions on Japan’s travel ban list, and it looks like we’re going to see a decrease soon.


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Business travels between Japan and Singapore will likely start in early September, as revealed in a recent meeting of Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. Japan started accepting travelers from Singapore in June until it was stopped in July due to the coronavirus surge.


A 14-day self-quarantine in a hotel or other accommodation is required for returning Japanese travelers upon arrival. The same requirement will not be implemented for incoming travelers from Singapore if they can show proof of a negative result for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and an itinerary.


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This is only one of Japan’s efforts to reopen reciprocal travel with another country. It’s also planning to lift the travel ban for Malaysia, the same with Malaysia to Japan. The agreement also targets to ease entry restrictions between parties by early September. However, travelers from Malaysia will have to take a 14-day self-quarantine upon entering Japan and vice versa.


Business travelers and expatriates are not the only ones that will be allowed entry. Malaysian students will be given earlier entry, whether they are sponsored by the Japanese or Malaysian government.


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Apart from Singapore and Malaysia, Japan is also in talks with several countries to ease the entry ban. These include China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Papua New Guinea. Japan has allowed entry of travelers from Vietnam, Thailand, and Australia.


Early in August, Japan started opening borders to foreign residents and teachers at international schools. The government is also planning to create a re-entry program to cater to long-term residents like overseas workers. The same entry requirements are expected to be imposed.

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