Japan could be the next country to be jumping on the bubble bandwagon, with discussions in the pipeline about the opening of its borders to business travellers in Australia and New Zealand.
This new ‘bubble’ travel trend seems to be the way the world is going, to ensure COVID-19 safe air corridors between virus ‘safe’ countries.
If all the proposals eventuate, Aussie travellers could be able to travel to and from New Zealand, the South Pacific, Israel, Singapore and Japan, by the end of 2020.
Fingers crossed for all of the above.
Bubble tea for bubble Business travellers
According to the Asahi Shimbun, the Japanese government is reviewing its border control and looking to ease entry restrictions on travellers for four countries; Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand.
Although the priority will initially be given to business passengers, it’s a great start and hopefully, as the world continues to reopen, we’ll be able to explore Japan as leisure travellers very soon.
If and when the deal goes ahead, it’s expected that all passengers will be required to meet certain health requirements, such as proof of negative PCR tests in their home countries and be tested again upon arrival into Japan.
If the test is negative, business travellers will be allowed to work in hotels, offices, and factories. Public transportation is a no go.
If all goes well, it is expected to be a reciprocal deal, with Australian and New Zealand borders open for Japanese business travellers, too.
Singapore ‘Green Lanes’
Recently Singapore announced a similar plan, with Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and South Korea, to establish additional “green lanes” for travel.
According to a media statement, “Such arrangements allow for the restoration of connectivity and facilitation of short-term essential business and official travel between countries, subject to safeguards against the coronavirus.”
“Reciprocal green lane agreements means there must be mutual assurance of each other’s test protocol and standards,” Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing told a virtual press conference on Saturday.
READ THE FULL STORY HERE: Singapore Could Open Up Reciprocal ‘Green Lanes’ For Australian Travellers Soonish
And let’s not forget the Trans-Tasman/South Pacific bubble.
Being able to travel to any (or all) of the above countries by September would be great thanks.
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