After months of the travel ban to over 150 countries, Japan is slowly easing its travel restrictions starting with a travel bubble with several Asian countries.
Japan, which has been virtually silent since closing its borders in April, has finally divulged some key information in regard to their imminent reopening by announcing that the country will start reopening its borders in September with new entry requirements.
On September 8, Japan announced its travel bubble list consisting of Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Taiwan. Thailand and Vietnam will be added in this list. Japan and Singapore also agreed to create a ‘green lane’ for business travelers starting 18 September.
However, only residents from the aforementioned countries can capitalize on this travel bubble.
If citizens in these Asian countries wish to travel to Japan, they must follow the steps below as part of their visa or re-entry confirmation application:
- Submit a written pledge to follow self-quarantine procedures after arrival.
- Submit a testing certificate at the airport.
- Get tested upon arrival at the airport.
- Install the COVID-19 tracing app.
- Self-quarantine and avoid public transportation for 14 days.
Those departing from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia or Taiwan must also submit a ‘re-entry confirmation letter’ and a certificate of COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before departure.
On the other hand, if anyone is departing from Japan, the following steps must be done:
- Submit visa application and additional documents at your nation’s embassy in Japan.
- Monitor health for 14 days prior to departure.
- Obtain a testing result certificate to present at the airport.
- Take a COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival at your destination and follow the pre-stipulated quarantine measures.