Japan weighs easing virus rule for short business trips from abroad

Japan weighs easing virus rule for short business trips from abroad

Japan is considering exempting businesspeople entering Japan on a 72-hour or less short stay from the country’s quarantine requirement, provided they follow certain COVID-19 precautions, government sources said Thursday.

Japan aims to start accepting such business travelers from countries and regions with which it has deep economic ties, such as China, South Korea and Taiwan, possibly from November. The step is aimed at boosting the pandemic-hit economy by helping international business activities to resume.

“There are many business trips and negotiations that can comfortably be completed within 72 hours. We hope to return to normal as soon as possible while giving attention to (preventing) the spread of infections,” a source at the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The government will select countries that will be eligible to make use of the exemption depending on their respective coronavirus situations.

Japan has already agreed to similar arrangements for business arrivals from Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam under some conditions including virus testing and limiting the places they can visit. Such requirements would also be in place under the expanded system, the sources said.