Japan Looks To Ease Travel Ban on Malaysia and 9 Asian Countries
Good news everyone and this makes us feel excited about traveling again. Japan Looks To Ease Travel Ban on Malaysia and 9 Asian Countries. This is reported by Japan Times today. We have been busy making videos for our Youtube Channel. For those who are still not following on our Youtube, you can do so and please subscribe to our Youtube Channel at www.youtube.com/placesandfoods and you will find many interesting travel videos that are not in our blog.
We are super duper Japan lover and we travel five times to Japan last year. In fact, we still have plans to travel to Japan in the near future.
With the news of Japan Looks To Ease Travel Ban on Malaysia and 9 Asian Countries, this gives up some hope of visiting Japan again (hopefully end of the year) depending the condition of COVID-19 in both countries. The other 9 Asian countries are Vietnam, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Singapore and Taiwan
With an eye toward putting the economy on a recovery track, Japan is set to start negotiations to relaunch business travel between 10 Asian countries including China and South Korea, government sources said Friday.
Japan will also begin negotiations in July with Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Singapore and Taiwan.
“We are planning to relaunch travel in stages, starting from countries that have suppressed the spread and transmissions of the virus,” Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said during his regular news conference in Tokyo on Friday.
All of the 10 regions, which have strong economic ties with Japan, have mostly succeeded in suppressing virus transmission and thus the epidemic there is considered to be under control.
Motegi said that under the arrangements Japan will prioritize “business travelers and international talent Japan is in need of,” before easing restrictions for foreign students and eventually for tourists.
Japan has already been in talks on further relaxing business travel with Vietnam, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Around 440 Japanese business travelers already flew to Vietnam in late June.
Between Feb. 1 and July 9, Japan denied entry to 818 foreign nationals but allowed 52,385 others to enter under special circumstances.
With the relaxation of travel restrictions, Japan will increase the number of tests conducted daily at airports as it is set to set up new testing centers for the novel coronavirus outside three major airports ― Haneda in Tokyo, Narita near the capital and Kansai in Osaka Prefecture — this summer. The planned construction of the facilities will increase the testing capacity for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to over 4,000.
The announcement comes as Tokyo is seeing new records of more than 200 coronavirus cases daily. But Motegi said the situation in Japan is under control and should not affect the negotiations.
We will update our blog once we have the latest verified news on traveling to Japan. Thanks for reading this news and be safe and travel safe. We will also update once we have news on travel to Thailand. Take care everyone and have a great weekend.