Reports: Japan begins easing travel restrictions with flights to Vietnam
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A chartered flight is being arranged to fly around 250 Japanese businesspeople, the sources said, adding they will be exempt from quarantine upon arrival in Vietnam and when they return to Japan on condition that they test negative for the coronavirus.
The plan comes as Japan is in talks to resume travel with Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand and Thailand, where the coronavirus is under control and there is a relatively low risk of importing infections.
Vietnam has not allowed entry or issued visas to foreign nationals since late March, with some exceptions including for diplomats.
Thanks to careful preparations and early solutions put in place, Vietnam has brought the novel coronavirus epidemic under control at a low cost, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam told the National Assembly in Hanoi on June 13, VOV reported.
Vietnam has so far recorded a total of 334 active cases, including 323 having fully recovered from the deadly virus or 96.7% of all cases.
The country has gone 60 consecutive days without any case of community infection. Among the 11 positive patients in treatment, five have tested negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus one or at least twice.
Japan added Vietnam to its entry ban list in late April and the Japanese Foreign Ministry has issued a Level 3 travel advisory for the country urging nationals to avoid going there. Both countries mandate two-week quarantine periods for all arrivals.
But under the new scheme, travelers between the countries will be exempt from these restrictions if they take polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests prior to departure and upon arrival, and test negative both times, the sources said. They will also have to submit itineraries detailing the hotels they are staying at and places they intend to visit.
Businesspeople such as executives will be given priority, with students and then tourists set to follow.
Other countries on Japan's entry ban list, including China, South Korea and the United States, may be taken off later depending on the situation, the sources said./.
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