Japan Will Gradually Lift COVID-19 Travel Bans Starting In October
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Japan Will Gradually Lift COVID-19 Travel Bans Starting In October

Asia , Japan , news
Kelsey Marie
Kelsey Marie Sep 29, 2020

Have you been dreaming of a trip to Tokyo to experience the bright lights and incredible shopping? Or maybe you’re sad the Summer Olympics were cancelled. Well, good news! Japan will begin to gradually lift overseas travel restrictions starting in October. 

Beginning next month, the Japanese government will begin easing restrictions for “low risk” countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and Vietnam. 

The U.S. is currently at a level “3” according to the Japanese government, which means that Japanese citizens are being urged to not travel to America. There are 159 countries, including the U.S. on Japan’s level “3” list. 

According to Japan Times, “The relaxed border control measures, which will come into force on Thursday, will apply to new residents with permission to stay more than three months, regardless of where they come from.”

Japan’s Prime Minster Yoshihide Suga told the government task force, “Further resumption of international travel is indispensable to revitalise the (nation’s) economy.”

Japan will limit new international arrivals to about 1,000 per day with hopes to increase tests conducted at the airports to 20,000 in November.

Travelers will be required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 3 days of departing for Japan. 

Currently, the Japanese borders are reopened to long and short-term travelers from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia. Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.