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Japan to re-open borders for Brunei, Singapore expatriates

Sep 27. 2020
Japan’s Foreign Ministry
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By Borneo Bulletin

Japan said on Friday it agreed with Brunei Darussalam and Singapore to re-open their borders for newly arriving expatriates and other long-term residents from October 8 and September 30.

Those eligible to travel will be allowed on condition they self-isolate for 14 days after entering the country to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to Japan’s Foreign Ministry.

The two Southeast Asian countries will join Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Taiwan, with which Tokyo established a travel corridor for long-term residents.

Japan currently bans in principle the entry of foreigners from 159 countries and regions.

“We see the resumption of new entries (of foreigners) to Japan as an extremely important issue,” Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said at a press conference.

“The government as a whole is seriously considering how to restart travel while taking measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.”

Japan has seen over 80,000 coronavirus infections with over 1,500 deaths, significantly less than hard-hit countries such as the United States (US) which is nearing seven million infections.

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