Japan mulls easing entry bans on 4 countries
NHK -- Jun 02
Japan is considering easing entry bans on people from four Asia-Pacific countries where coronavirus infections are now apparently under control.

The government may allow the entry of people on business from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand as early as this month.

Officials cite the relatively stable coronavirus situation in these countries and Japan's close economic ties with them.

If entry bans are eased, it will mark the first time since the government imposed them earlier this year.

The government is considering asking business travelers from the four countries to take a virus test before leaving for Japan.

Japan has denied entry of visitors from 111 countries and territories, including the United States, Brazil and Russia, and has been urging Japanese citizens not to visit these regions.

日本政府は新型コロナウイルスへの水際対策として実施している外国人の入国制限について、タイやオーストラリアなど4カ国を緩和する方向で検討を始めました。  緩和の第1弾の対象として検討されているのはタイ、ベトナム、オーストラリア、ニュージーランドです。政府はこの4カ国について感染の状況が落ち着いていると分析していて、まずはビジネス目的などに限って相互の往来を再開させたい考えです。日本への入国にあたってはPCR検査で陰性が証明されているといった一定の基準を設ける方針で、今後、各国との調整を進めます。一方、日本に緩和を打診している中国と韓国については感染の状況が見通せないことなどから第2弾以降となる方向です。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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