To revive the pandemic-hit economies, Japan and China are expected to agree on resuming travel between the two countries by both short- and long-term businesspeople. Before, Japanese and Chinese officials have been in negotiations since July to reopen borders reciprocally, given the relatively low number of infections in their respective countries.
As cited News24xx.com from Japanese government sources on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, the nations are looking decided to restart of two-way business travel.
As information, at least 9.59 million people visited Japan from China in 2019, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.
The Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a news conference Tuesday, “Japan and China are extremely important neighbors to each other and there had been many reciprocal trips before the outbreak of the coronavirus,”
But, both countries not give specifying when the bilateral agreement was expected to be reached.
But under the envisioned agreement, short-term business travelers will be exempted from having to enter 14-day self-isolation upon arrival to the respective countries provided they take necessary preventive measures against spreading the virus, such as turning in their travel itineraries and providing proof of negative test results.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed in their first telephone call in September 2020. And if reached, the two countries’ bilateral agreement on the restart of short-term business trips will be Japan’s fourth, following similar deals with Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam.