Starting September 18th, Japan and Singapore opened a ‘green lane’ for business and official travel. In an official statement, the countries said that the travel corridor will “help restore connectivity and support economic recovery for both countries.”
Individuals who qualify for the “green corridor” and eligible to travel, will not be required to be quarantined for 14-days, but will have a controlled itinerary for the first 14-days in the receiving country will be imposed. Moreover, pre-departure and post-arrival testing is mandatory.
Japan’s Foreign Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi said that, “It will be an important step forward as Japan gradually resumes international travel. There have been great business needs for travel between Japan and Singapore, such as in areas of finance and logistics.”
Singapore had earlier established travel corridors with Brunei Darussalam, China, Malaysia, New Zealand and South Korea.
Japan has allowed travel for expatriates and other long-term residents from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. However, travellers must quarantine for 14 days after arrival in Japan, either at home or in a designated location.
Japan is also in talks with other counties in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, New Zealand and South Korea to ease travel restrictions.