In a joint press statement with the Indonesian government, starting September 18 the Japanese government will begin accepting requests for travel for essential business purposes and official travel to and from Singapore. Permitted travelers will be required to submit proof of a negative PCR test result both prior to departure and upon arrival, as well as adherence to a controlled itinerary for the first 14 days while in the receiving country. Such travelers will not be subject to the 14-day self quarantine measure that is currently required for permitted travelers between the two countries. While this entry procedure will launch September 18, actual travel to and from Singapore will begin one or two days afterwards.

Particular details (including health requirements and application requirements) with respect to this new "business track" will be published by September 18 on Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. For Japan, this is the first travel bubble of its kind. Japan has been engaged in ongoing discussions with South Korea, China, Taiwan and several other countries for similar arrangements.

As a separate measure to permitting entry of certain travelers into the country, starting September 8 the Japanese government began permitting expatriates and long-term assignments to and from Taiwan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Such permitted individuals will be subject to a 14-day self-quarantine requirement as well as a proof of a negative PCR test result. A similar measure was put in place in late July for expatriates and long-term assignments to and from Thailand and Vietnam.

Originally published by Mayer Brown, September 2020

Visit us at

Mayer Brown is a global legal services organization comprising legal practices that are separate entities (the Mayer Brown Practices). The Mayer Brown Practices are: Mayer Brown LLP, a limited liability partnership established in the United States; Mayer Brown International LLP, a limited liability partnership incorporated in England and Wales; Mayer Brown JSM, a Hong Kong partnership, and its associated entities in Asia; and Tauil & Chequer Advogados, a Brazilian law partnership with which Mayer Brown is associated. "Mayer Brown" and the Mayer Brown logo are the trademarks of the Mayer Brown Practices in their respective jurisdictions.

© Copyright 2020. The Mayer Brown Practices. All rights reserved.

This article provides information and comments on legal issues and developments of interest. The foregoing is not a comprehensive treatment of the subject matter covered and is not intended to provide legal advice. Readers should seek specific legal advice before taking any action with respect to the matters discussed herein. Please also read the JSM legal publications Disclaimer.