Japan May Ease Virus Entry Restrictions Next Month: Reports
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Wed 23rd September 2020 | 12:58 PM
Japan is considering easing strict coronavirus border restrictions from October to allow more foreign nationals to enter, local media reported Wednesday
Tokyo (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Sep, 2020 ) :Japan is considering easing strict coronavirus border restrictions from October to allow more foreign nationals to enter, local media reported Wednesday.
Tourists would still be banned and only longer-term visas approved, the reports said, as the nation looks to rebuild its economy and prepare for the postponed Olympics next year.
This limited travel resumption has not resulted in additional virus cases, so the government is now considering letting in eligible visa-holders from all countries, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported, citing unnamed government sources.
Several other local media outlets reported similar stories, also citing unnamed sources. Arrivals would be capped at 1,000 per day and the minimum stay would be three months, they said.
An immigration agency official could not confirm the reports, saying only that negotiations on business travel resumption were ongoing with several countries.
Government spokesman Katsunobu Kato told reporters that ministers "will study how to resume accepting new visitors while preventing a resurgence of infections".
"We will deal carefully with the issue while keeping an eye on the virus situation," he added.