There have been talks about possible travel bubbles and corridors between countries in Asia-Pacific with low infection rates, although even those are rising at the moment, going on for months with little or no results.
It appears, however, that Singapore and Japan were finally able to put something together that will be in place from this September, allowing some travel.
Here’s what the Japan Times was reporting today:
The agreement between Japan and Singapore will cover short-term business travelers as well as expatriates and other long-term residents, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.
The eligible business travelers will be exempt from a 14-day self-quarantine period after arriving in Japan or Singapore provided they submit an itinerary of their stay, limit their travel to between where they are staying and the workplace, do not use public transportation and avoid contact with random people or crowds, the ministry said.
Expatriates and other long-term residents, meanwhile, will have to stay at home or a designated location for 14 days after arrival.
Travelers entering Japan under both categories will be required to report their health condition to authorities via the Line messaging app for 14 days after arrival, install a COVID-19 contact tracing app designated by the health ministry and also agree to retain GPS data for two weeks.
Japan has not allowed foreign residents, some who had lived in the country for decades, to return if they were overseas when the border was closed in March. They have now finally relaxed this, allowing families to reunite.
These talks about travel bubbles and corridors between have been very slow at coming to any concrete resolution.
The agreement between Japan and Singapore allows business travelers to enter without a requirement to quarantine, and residents to return with a quarantine requirement. The deal doesn’t cover leisure travel that perhaps will be possible come 2021 (hopefully in time for Sakura and Olympics).