Following the meeting between Japan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan back in August, it was reported that both nations will allow essential cross-border travels as early as September.

Earlier today (11 September), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had released a press statement announcing the resumption of essential business travel between Japan and Singapore.

According to the statement, the Business Track, also known as the Reciprocal Green Lane, will be launched on 18 September, and it will “facilitate essential business and official travel” for residents from both countries.

Both Ministries expressed that the Business Track will be allowing “safe resumption” of cross-border travel and business exchanges with “necessary public health safeguards”.

Pre-departure and post-arrival testing for COVID-19 will be included in the safeguards. Apart from that, travellers will need to adhere to a “controlled itinerary” for the first 14 days upon arriving in the destination country.

“The Business Track will allow the safe resumption of cross-border travel and business exchanges with the necessary public health safeguards in place. These safeguards include pre-departure and post-arrival testing as well as the need to adhere to a controlled itinerary for the first 14 days in the receiving country.”

Travellers will also be required to stay at home or a place designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station in Japan, as well as refrain from using public transport for the first 14 days, according to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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