Following appeals from the business community, Japan stated that it will relax border controls for fully vaccinated passengers, excluding tourists, beginning Monday.

Everyone visiting Japan must be fully vaccinated with Japanese-approved COVID-19 vaccinations.

Travelers on short-term business visits of less than three months are eligible, as are longer-term visitors such as international students and workers on so-called technical internship programs, however, they will require a 14-day quarantine.

Sponsoring schools and businesses must provide documents outlining their activities and how they will be monitored.

For Japanese citizens and foreign nationals possessing reentry permits, the 10-day self-isolation period will be reduced to three days.

In January, Japan closed its borders to almost all foreign travellers except those with special permissions and for humanitarian reasons.

Since September, the number of daily cases has dropped dramatically, owing to vaccines and widespread mask use.

Around 73 percent of the population has received both doses of the vaccination. On Friday, for the ninth day in a row, Tokyo recorded less than 30 cases. Japan on Thursday had 158 confirmed cases nationwide, for a total of 1.72 million cases and 18,300 deaths.

Japan’s move to gradually restore social and economic activity includes loosening border restrictions. Before resuming regular activity, the government is experimenting with package tours, at restaurants, and sporting events.

Japan may explore permitting foreign tour groups by the end of the year after researching ways to control and monitor their activities, according to Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara.

– India’s new age travel digital media

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