The new travel arrangement will allow business travellers to travel between the two countries without having to self-isolate for 14 days, although these individuals will have to follow a controlled itinerary for their first 14 days in either country. Pre-departure and post-arrival testing will also be mandatory.
Japan plans similar agreements with other countries
The easing of restrictions in Japan marks a monumental moment, as, previously, 140 countries and regions were banned from entering the country – a decision that caused inbound visitor numbers to plunge 99.9 per cent year on year for the fourth consecutive month [of July], according to an Oxford Economics report.
“The business track, which will be launched on 18 September, will facilitate essential business and official travel for residents from both countries," a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
“It will be an important step forward as Japan gradually resumes international travel,” Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi added. “There have been great business needs for travel between Japan and Singapore, such as in areas of finance and logistics.”
Expatriates and long-term residents of Japan have already been allowed to travel to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, although they are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return; while Singapore has already established travel lanes with the likes of Brunei, Malaysia, China and South Korea.
Japan is also in talks about easing travel restrictions with 16 other countries and regions, including Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, New Zealand and South Korea.