Japan now allows all visas for vaccinated international travellers, except for tourists
After two years of hermetic border closures,Asia
finally seems to want to speed up its reopening to the rest of the world. Less restrictive entry regimes are already in place in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Maldives, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
Malaysia for all
Yesterday, it was Malaysia’s turn. The country’s Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, finally gave the green light to reopen the country’s borders to international travelers. Starting April 1, travelers fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to enter the country without quarantine, the Prime Minister said. Visitors will only have to undergo a PCR test before departure and on arrival (professionally supervised antigen test). This test must take place 24 hours after arrival. They will also need to download the MySejahtera tracking app and fill out a travel form before departure
Currently, visitors can only enter Malaysia via the Singapore and Langkawi travel bubble for fully vaccinated individuals. The Prime Minister explained that the reopening of the borders was part of a transition to an “endemic” phase status of the virus. Malaysia has kept its borders closed since March 2020.
Japanese existential anxieties about the Covid virus had so far resulted in a virtual ban on all foreign travelers. In Asia, only China is doing worse with the total closure of its borders.
Japan for businessmen
Since March 1, Japan allows all visas for vaccinated international travelers. Except for tourists. Business and professional travelers coming for short and long stays are therefore welcome. The country has simplified the formalities as much as possible: the Certificate of Eligibility, a prerequisite for obtaining a visa, has been abolished. A single site centralizes applications. This avoids the need to file an authorization with 7 ministries as was imposed during the previous attempt to open the country. The quarantine for fully vaccinated French citizens – three doses – is abolished. For travelers from “unsafe” countries, the quarantine lasts three days with negative PCR.
Is Japan expecting a rush of foreign businessmen? Not sure, because there is still a quota of entries from abroad: 7,000 people from March 14 against 5,000 at the moment. It is planned to
that this quota will be increased in April. And that the decision to fully reopen the country will be taken during the summer.
More discreet in the media, there is also Taiwan. Since this Monday, March 7, the country allows the entry of vaccinated business travelers. But this is a half measure. There is still a mandatory 10-day quarantine – instead of the previous 14 days. Admittedly, this is a slight improvement in entry conditions. But it may not be enough to attract travelers.
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