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China looking to ease restrictions on foreign visitors

Nikkei claimed in a report from Beijing that the Chinese government has sounded out Japan on the idea of relaxing its current ban on entry and allowing the entry of Japanese visitors who have received “COVID-19-free” certificates from the Japanese government. According to the daily, beginning in early May, Beijing allows the entry of South Korean nationals traveling on business on the condition that they test negative for the novel coronavirus within 72 hours before their departure to China. While asserting that the Chinese government has proposed that Tokyo adopt a similar “fast-track” approach, the daily speculated the GOJ is hesitant about the idea on the grounds that easing its advisory for travel to China is premature given that Japan is still concentrating on curbing infection at home. The availability of PCR tests is also extremely limited for people who are asymptomatic. The daily added that some foreign countries have begun easing their entry bans, noting that Turkish Airlines is considering resuming international flights connecting local cities with Haneda and other 21 foreign airports. 

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