No application for RGL travel to Singapore amid Japan's state of emergency: MFA

Chia Han Keong
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Tokyo's Haneda airport after the Japanese government announced restrictions on travel due to the rise of COVID-19 coronavirus infections across the country.
Tokyo's Haneda airport after the Japanese government announced restrictions on travel due to the rise of COVID-19 coronavirus infections across the country. (PHOTO: Philip FongAFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Japanese government has suspended all its Business Track and Residence Track travel arrangements with other countries, including the Singapore-Japan Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL), from Thursday (14 January) until the state of emergency in the country is lifted.

Given the reciprocal nature of the RGL, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a media statement on Friday that travellers will also not be able to apply to travel from Japan to Singapore using the RGL arrangement during this period of suspension.

Travellers who have already received approval to enter Singapore under the RGL can continue to do so, but should check with the Japanese embassy in Singapore with regard to the latest immigration regulations for their return to Japan.

Singapore work-pass holders from Japan may continue to use the Work Pass Holder General Lane for entry into Singapore.

Long-term residents of Japan who are planning to travel to, or who are already in Singapore may also wish to check with the Japanese embassy in Singapore on the latest regulations regarding re-entry into Japan.

All travellers entering Singapore will be subject to prevailing health requirements.

State of emergency affecting more than half of Japan population

Amid a surge of COVID-19 infections in the country, Japan had announced a temporary ban on the entry of all non-resident foreign nationals into the country from 28 December to 31 January.

On Wednesday, it also expanded its coronavirus state of emergency from Tokyo and three nearby prefectures – originally announced on 7 January – to seven more prefectures in western and central Japan, affecting more than half of its population.

In these affected areas, bars and restaurants have to be closed by 8pm, employers must have 70 per cent of their staff to work from home, and residents must avoid going out for non-essential purposes.

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