Singapore among countries which Japan plans to remove travel ban next month: report

Japan Airlines aircraft are seen on the tarmac at the Tokyo Haneda International Airport on July 11, 2020. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
Japan Airlines aircraft are seen on the tarmac at the Tokyo Haneda International Airport. (PHOTO: Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Japan is planning to remove a ban on overseas travel to 12 countries and regions next month, with Singapore among them, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday (8 October).

The Japanese government, which currently bans travel to 159 countries and regions, will recommend that travellers refrain from unnecessary and non-urgent visits, the newspaper said.

Besides Singapore, the other countries and regions include China, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan.

Singapore has already launched two travel arrangements with Japan last month to facilitate business movement between the two countries amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the necessary public health safeguards in place.

The Business Track, or Reciprocal Green Lane, which was launched on 18 September to facilitate short-term essential business and official travel between Singapore and Japan.

The Residence Track, launched on 30 September, will provide for travel of business executives and business professionals who are work-pass holders between the two countries.

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