The Japanese government recently added China to its Residence Track and Business Track frameworks to allow cross-border travel.

Key Points:

  • Travelers from China are now included in both the Residence Track and Business Track frameworks for entry and return to Japan.
  • The Residence Track makes it possible for cross-border travelers to enter Japan. It is intended mainly for long-term residents by dispatch or rotation within business personnel and requires them to stay at home or at designated locations for 14 days.
  • The Business Track also allows cross-border travelers to enter Japan. It is intended mainly for short-term business travelers and enables limited business activities to be conducted during the 14-day stay at home period. Travelers using this track must accept additional quarantine measures such as a submission of their “Schedule of Activities in Japan.”
  • Other localities currently covered by the Residence Track include Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Localities covered by the Business Track include Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam.

Additional Information: More information on the relevant entry procedures under each framework can be found here.

Analysis & Comments: The addition of China to the Residence Track and Business Track frameworks will allow a limited number of travelers to enter Japan from China. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in Japan and other countries.

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