Japan to remove travel ban to 12 countries including Malaysia

Japan is easing the isolation restriction to make it easier for employees to travel and to encourage the resumption of economic activity.- AFP

TOKYO (Reuters): Japan is planning to remove a ban on overseas travel to China and 11 other countries next month, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday (Oct 8).

The 11 other countries and regions include Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia, the Yomiuri said.

The Japanese government, which currently bans travel to 159 countries and regions, will recommend that travellers refrain from unnecessary and non-urgent visits to those 12 countries, the newspaper said.

According to the Nikkei, Japan plans to permit Japanese and foreign national business travellers with residency status to re-enter the country without having to isolate for two weeks.

The two-week self-quarantine measure will be waived for returning business travellers who submit an action plan. The travellers will also have to refrain from using public transit.

A final decision on the easier re-entry procedure is to come sometime this month, the Nikkei reported on Wednesday (Oct 7)

Japan is easing the isolation restriction to make it easier for employees to travel and to encourage the resumption of economic activity.

The government has been reviewing its entry and exit restrictions.

On Oct 1, it began allowing foreign nationals who plan to stay in Japan for three months or longer to enter the country.

Before the new measure, an average of 2,000 foreign nationals were entering Japan each day.

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