| 18 May 2024, Saturday |

Eased Japan border rules to take effect from Monday

The government announced on Friday that the first step in Japan’s planned staggered reopening of borders, which will focus on business travelers, will take effect on November 8.

The gradual reduction was announced earlier this week, but it fell short of industry lobbying expectations for laws that were more closely linked with those of major trading partners.

According to the administration, the adjustment will reduce COVID-19 quarantine periods for inbound business travelers from 10 to three days if they have confirmation of immunization.

In addition, students and trainee workers with valid visas will be permitted entry.

There was no mention of tourists or media speculations that the daily limit on border entry would be doubled to 5,000 people from 3,500 later this month.

Travelers to Japan must currently undergo a 10-day quarantine regardless of vaccination status. That time was cut in half from last month’s 14-day period.

Japanese business organizations have pressed the government to relax border restrictions to bring them in line with those in other nations. Most countries are allowed access into the United States and the European Union as long as they provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Reuters