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Japan eases COVID-19 border curbs

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  • 2nd November, 2021 05:07:24 PM
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Japan eases COVID-19 border curbs

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Japan confirmed on Tuesday plans to gradually ease COVID-19 border curbs, but fell short of demands by business lobbies to open up in line with major trading partners, reports Gulf News.

In relaxing its controls, Japan will take a phased approach, chief cabinet secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters, responding to media reports that quarantine periods for business travellers would be cut to three days from 10.

The easing could start next Monday, while daily limits on the numbers of border entrants would be raised to 5,000 people later this month from 3,500, national broadcaster NHK said.

Domestic and foreign business groups have lobbied the government to ease border curbs to match other nations. The United States and European Union allow entry for travellers from most countries with proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Overseas business groups welcomed the shorter quarantine, but said the easing did not go far enough.

A bigger problem is the remaining hold on long-term visas, said Michael Mroczek, president of the European Business Council in Japan.