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Starting Thursday, Seoul and Tokyo will exempt business travelers from 14-day quarantines.
Meaning short-term business track or long-term residence track after obtaining visa and submitting COVID-19 negative test certificate.
Yoon Jung-min has our top story.
Starting Thursday, South Korea and Japan are going to allow business travel between them to resume.
Seoul’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that they will set up two separate tracks, one for business and the other for residents.
Business people will be able to make short trips without spending 14 days in quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 and submit certain required documents.
For those staying longer, they can travel on the residence track, but do have to self-isolate for two weeks.
“With the latest agreement, we hope to engage fully in people-to-people exchanges with Japan, starting with business people. Japan is South Korea’s third-largest trading trader and its second-largest partner in terms of movements of people.”
Visitors, however, will be asked to follow disease prevention measures upon arrival.
Business people arriving in Japan have to download a tracking application on their smartphones.
They can use only private vehicles, not public transportation, and they are asked not to go anywhere but their places of business.
Speaking on the phone last month, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga welcomed the progress made on this agreement,… expressing hope that it can help advance bilateral ties.
So far, South Korea has a fast-track entry system with China, the UAE, Indonesia and Singapore.
Japan has only reopened its borders to Singapore so far, making South Korea the second country.
The deal was announced by Japan on Tuesday as well.
Business groups in Seoul welcomed the announcement, saying it will be a great help for businesses in both countries suffering from the impact of COVID-19.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
2020-10-06, 22:00 (KST)
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