Japan Allows Overseas Travel for a Few Countries, Malaysia Issues a Travel Ban

By webmanager, Reuters 8th Oct 20 1:12 pm

FILE PHOTO: A view shows an almost empty international departure terminal of Haneda Airport, where fewer people than usual are seen during Golden Week holidays following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon


As reported by The Yomiuri, Japan is looking forward to putting off a ban on international flights from China and 11 other countries in the coming month.

At present, the Japanese government continues a ban on 159 countries and regions. Furthermore, the authority suggests that travelers can practice safety by not embarking on unnecessary journeys to the country.

Vietnam, New Zealand, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, Australia, and Singapore – these are the few countries allowed to enter Japan, besides China.

South Korea and Japan have negotiated to commence travel for business purposes. It is seen as an attempt to boost the relationship between the two countries.

Kyodo News reported that the visitors on short business trips are not to be put in self-isolation for 14 days. This is only recommended when the individuals test negative for the virus and are willing to present travel itineraries.

“Currently, the Japan-South Korea relationship is in an extremely severe situation so exchanges of people from both countries, starting with businesspeople, are important,” Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu  Motegi commented during a press conference.

Both of the countries had participated in discussions over the commencement of business travels since July. South Korean President Moon Jae and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had an agreement over a telephonic conversation.

Meanwhile, Malaysia issued a travel ban on Sabah due to the raging spike in novel coronavirus cases. Security Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob declared in a statement, “Those who receive permission must also undergo COVID-19 screening by the Health Ministry as soon as they arrive at the entry points of their destinations.”

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