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Japan to reopen border to long-term visitors irrespective of nationality

  • September 23, 2020
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Wednesday’s Asahi claimed that the GOJ is mulling easing partially its entry restrictions on foreigners associated with the coronavirus pandemic, saying that beginning in early October, up to 1,000 people who plan to stay in Japan for more than three months for such purposes as conducting business and engaging in medical, educational, and cultural activities will be allowed to enter per day regardless of nationality. They will be required to undergo PCR tests at their ports of entry and self-quarantine for two weeks after arrival. Foreigners who plan to study in Japan on their personal expense will also be admitted. According to the daily, the GOJ also plans to accept 1,600 additional people from 16 countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, China, and South Korea, per day in view of the relatively stable COVID-19 situations in those nations. However, the ongoing ban on foreign tourists will remain in place for a while. The GOJ is reportedly inclined to reopen the border at this juncture based on the assessment that the earlier relaxation of the entry restrictions on business travelers from Thailand and six other Asian nations has had little impact on the spread of the virus in Japan.

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