Japan to shorten quarantine for inbound business travelers

By Reuters   November 1, 2021 | 05:33 pm PT
Japan to shorten quarantine for inbound business travelers
Passengers pass through the automated entrance at a metro station in Tokyo, Japan, July 23, 2020. Photo by Reuters
Japan’s government plans to shorten Covid-19 quarantine periods for inbound business travelers from 10 days to three, public broadcaster NHK reported on Tuesday.

The easing may be instituted as early as next Monday, NHK said. Additionally, the government plans to expand the number of daily border entrants from 3,500 people to 5,000 later this month.

Japan currently requires a 10-day quarantine for travelers, regardless of vaccination status. That time was shortened from 14 days last month.

Domestic and foreign business groups in Japan have lobbied the government to ease border restrictions to be more in line with major trading partners. The United States and European Union allow entry to travelers from most countries as long as they have proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

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