|The departure lobby at the Haneda International Airport of Japan (Photo: AP)|
Japan is considering re-opening its borders to entrepreneurs from selected countries, including Australia and Vietnam, which have low levels of Covid-19 infections, as the nation begins to ease restrictions put in place earlier this year to control the outbreaks, according to Australian Associated Press (AAP).
AAP quoted Japanese media as saying that the Japanese government is planning to allow business travellers from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand into the country in the coming months.
According to the Asahi Shimbun daily, the Japanese government is considering allowing business travelers from the four countries to enter if they test negative for coronavirus in two separate tests conducted upon departure from their home country and arrival in Japan.
|After entering Japan, visitors' movements would be restricted to areas (Photo: International News)|
After entering Japan, visitors' movements would be restricted to areas including place of stay, company offices and factories. They would be banned from using public transportation.
Along with Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand are members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and have strong trade ties with Japan.
The current entry restrictions on people from around the world are scheduled to run through June. Therefore, the first round of easing is expected to take place in summer or later.
The four countries being considered appear to be containing Covid-19 infections, and businesspeople are calling for the resumption of travel among the nations.
|Tokyo is also concerned about infections from a new coronavirus cluster in South Korea (Photo: VnExpress)|
Economic Revitalization Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura had said he was planning to exchange views on easing travel restrictions with them as early as June. Moreover, many Japanese businesses operate in Thailand.
In contrast, the government is cautious about an early relaxation of entry restrictions on China and South Korea, despite requests from both countries. Easing the restrictions on the two countries is expected to take place in the second round or later.
The United States is increasingly critical of China for not properly reporting the outbreak of the coronavirus, making Tokyo hesitant to quickly ease restrictions on China, due to fears of a possible backlash from Washington. The government is therefore planning to carefully study the issue.
Tokyo is also concerned about infections from a new coronavirus cluster in South Korea after Seoul relaxed restrictions on going out.
The government is expected to decide what countries to ease restrictions on in the first round, and when, after studying the number of COVID-19 cases and other relevant factors related to each country, Japan News reported.
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