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Japan might allow outbound international travel starting from October

The government is looking to lower its travel advisory level in stages starting next month

Kasey Furutani
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Kasey Furutani

Covid-19 coronavirus has rendered us stuck in our respective countries. Things are looking up though as entry for residents and business travellers is slowly becoming accessible: mid-to-long term residents (which still means no tourists) can enter from October 1 while Japan’s travel bubble with seven regions allows residents to travel back and forth. The latter arrangement will include business visitors soon. 

To rank the safety of travel for Japanese nationals, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs uses a travel advisory system of four levels. Currently at Level 3 for the 159 nations listed on Japan’s no-entry list, the system warns nationals against travelling. If the alert is lowered to Level 2, then the government recommends that nonessential travel should be avoided. 

There’s a possibility that the government might start easing the advisory as early as October. The Japan Times reported that the government might allow travel to and from areas with a low infection rate. The list could potentially include Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam, and more regions will be added in stages. So far there is no information on whether this applies to just Japanese nationals or foreign residents in the country as well. 

Currently, people from 159 nations are denied entry into Japan. 

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