10/08/2020, 00.00
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Tokyo, no quarantine for businessmen and returning travelers

The law will be implemented by the end of the month.  Until now, those traveling abroad for work or those returning home were obliged to undergo a coronavirus test and observe 2 weeks in quarantine.  The measure aims to give breathing space to the economy, which has sunk into a recession.


Tokyo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - By the end of the month, the Japanese government will enact a new anti-Covid law granting an exemption to business people going back and forth from the country and returning travelers from the 14-day quarantine that is currently mandatory.

The exemption will apply to both Japanese citizens and foreigners as long as they have a residence permit in the country, from any country they return.

The proposal would appear to be aimed at giving greater breath to international trade, envisaging a recovery of the economy, which has sunk into a recession also due to the pandemic.

At present, people returning to Japan from overseas travel are first forced to undergo a coronavirus test at the airport.  Those who test negative are entitled to enter the country, but must remain in self-isolation for two weeks.

With the new rules, those who are negative at the airport test will not have any quarantine, but must submit a plan of their activities and travel and not use public transport.

The attempt to revive the economy prompted Tokyo to reach an agreement to resume commercial flights with Singapore and South Korea, without quarantine.

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