Japan travel bubble to expand to five Asian countries and regions on September 8


It looks like the strict rules for international travel to Japan under the Covid-19 coronavirus are finally easing this month. From September 1, all foreign residents can travel inside and outside Japan. Subsequently, on September 8, Japan will expand its travel bubble to include five more Asian countries and regions: Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Taiwan. These five destinations will join Thailand and Vietnam in Japan’s expanding travel bubble.

The travel bubble is open to long-term residents and people on short-term business trips. Anyone entering under the bubble will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days, and although reports have not confirmed this, it is likely that travelers will also be required to submit a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. negative. Residents should also check with their local embassies for additional coronavirus prevention measures. “Japan hopes to both prevent the spread of the coronavirus and resume business activities,” Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said, according to Japan time.

Japan also trades with Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Macao, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea. Singapore and Japan have also agreed to create a travel bubble in September, but have not yet specified a date.

Even as entry restrictions for foreign residents ease, Japan has also added 13 more countries to its entry ban list for tourists and other visitors, rounding up the number of prohibited regions to 159.

For more information on the travel bubble and entry requirements, see the Department of Foreign Affairs website.

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