Japan eases travel curbs for nine countries, mainly China, S'pore, S. Korea and Thailand

  • Japan
  • Friday, 30 Oct 2020

Passengers wearing protective face masks are seen next to an electric signboard showing information to remind passengers to practice social distancing at the check-in area of Japan Airlines (JAL), amid the Covid-19 outbreak, at the Tokyo International Airpor on Friday (Oct 30, 2020). - Reuters

TOKYO, Oct 30 (Reuters): Japan has eased travel curbs for China, Australia, South Korea and six other countries and regions, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Friday, as Tokyo steps up efforts to revive its economy while preventing the spread of the Covid-19 (coronavirus).

Japan lowered its infection risk advisory level for Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, New Zealand, Brunei and Vietnam, besides China, South Korea and Australia, to 2 from 3, telling its citizens to avoid non-urgent, non-essential trips.

Under the infection risk advisory level of 3, the public are instructed not to take any trips.

Meanwhile, Japan Airlines Co Ltd (JAL) announced that it will cut their executives' pay by half, Kyodo News Agency reported on Friday.

Demand for international air travel has plummeted due to the pandemic and JAL posted a second-quarter operating loss of 92.9 billion yen on Friday.

The government also said that Japan-based ticketholders for the postponed Tokyo Olympics will be able to apply for refunds from Nov. 10, Games organisers said on Friday.

Since deciding to postpone the Games until 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, organisers have said ticketholders could apply for refunds if they no longer wanted to attend.

Organisers said on Friday they would accept refund requests for Olympics tickets from those residing in Japan from Nov. 10-30 and for Paralympic ticketholders from Dec 1-21.

Organisers have sold over five million tickets for the Olympics and Paralympics domestically, but have yet to decide whether spectators would be allowed into venues when the Games start on July 23 next year.

A decision is expected by the end of this year.

"If we are not able to provide an opportunity to spectate the Games due to the COVID-19 situation, then we will offer an additional opportunity to apply for a refund," Tokyo 2020's marketing director Hidenori Suzuki told reporters. - Reuters
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