Tokyo - SPA
Japan, China to Resume Business Travel Possibly Mid-November
An arrival lobby at Tokyo's Haneda airport is crowded with people on
Oct. 4, 2020, the first weekend after the Japanese capital was added to
the "Go To Travel" government subsidy program to shore up domestic
tourism that has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic, Kyodo
Japan and China have basically agreed to resume business travel
between the two countries as early as mid-November, a government source
said Friday, in a step to revive Asia's two key, interdependent
economies hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
The relaxation of travel restrictions will cover short-term and
long-term businesspeople and follows negotiations since July between
China, the world's second-largest economy, and Japan, the third largest,
on when to reopen their borders.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who assumed office in
September, agreed with Chinese President Xi Jinping in their first
telephone call in the same month to continue their talks in hopes of
speedily resuming business travel.
In 2019, China accounted for the largest number of foreign visitors
to Japan, with some 9.59 million people, including about 370,000 for
business, according to data from the Japan National Tourism
Businesspeople coming from China will be exempted from having to
undergo a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival if they test negative
for the coronavirus and submit an itinerary of their activities while in
Expatriates and other long-term residents will still have to stay in quarantine for 14 days.
Japan has started to reopen its borders after imposing entry bans on
foreign nationals in February to curb the spread of the virus.