Coronavirus travel: Australia-Japan travel could resume this year

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Travel between Australia and Japan could resume before the end of the year, although the proposed restrictions will make such travel more suitable for business travelers than holidaymakers.

Japan has closed its borders to all foreign visitors to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, and only last week lifted a nationwide ‘state of emergency’ as it was preparing to reopen the economy.

Now a reopening of borders could follow, with Japanese media reporting that travel would be encouraged from some countries – including Australia and New Zealand – with low levels of coronavirus infections.

However, visitors should show a negative test result for Covid-19 before boarding their flight to Japan and undergo a second test on arrival, according to the Asahi Shimbun.

Once in Japan, visitors’ movements “would be limited to areas including the place of residence, company offices and factories”, with the use of public transport prohibited.

This pretty much rules out a vacation in Japan, with these conditions more suited to business travelers, acknowledges Kyodo News. Vietnam and Thailand are also being considered for the Japanese travel bubble.

As previously reported, Singapore has also made overtures to Australia – as well as New Zealand, Malaysia and South Korea – to establish a Covid-secure “green lane” for air travel, while Greece has also invited Australia to join a trusted global travel bubble. countries from which it will accept visitors from June 15 as part of the country’s “Restart Tourism” plan.

Participation in the Singapore and Greece proposals would require approval from the Australian government, as well as state governments with border restrictions, and the lifting of the current mandatory 14-day quarantine imposed on all incoming travellers.

International travel is set to reopen for Australians to New Zealand in the third quarter of this year under a joint trans-Tasman bubble which could include other Pacific island nations such as Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia .

“We both want it…on both sides of the divide,” said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. “It won’t be long before we’re ready.”

Government and airport officials, airlines and health experts shaped the joint plan, which is expected to be filed by the end of June, although it remains to be seen whether travelers would need a form of “immunity passport” as a negative test. for COVID-19.

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David Flynn is the editor of Executive Traveler and a bit of a tragic traveler with a soft spot for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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