Published on : Thursday, July 30, 2020
From few selected countries, Japan is considering allowing tourists during this lockdown period due to coronavirus pandemic, including Hawaii, the US State. This comes as the state is constantly limiting travel from the U.S. mainland in the middle of a slight rise in coronavirus cases in Hawaii and the continental U.S.
Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan and Foreign Minister, Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi are thinking of resuming international travel between the Japan and other countries which Motegi mentioned in a recent press conference. On the list for consideration, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Singapore and Taiwan. On the second list, Europe and Hawaii would be placed, according to Hawaii Gov. David Ige.
To quote Ige, “Japan and Hawaii enjoy longstanding cultural ties and a deep-rooted friendship that has enriched the lives of many generations. It’s important that we restore travel between Japan and Hawaii and we see this program as a way to make this possible, while also preventing the further spread of infections from COVID-19.”
To quote Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki, “It’s just as important for Hawaii residents to be able to travel again to Japan to connect with family members, conduct business and experience historic cultural sites, as it is for us to welcome the people of Japan back to Hawaii.”
Even though the time has not been scheduled when this would happen, Ige explained that public health will show us the right time to rollout the program, which would boost the economic recovery of the state.
In late June 2020, the governor’s office had declared that tourists can visit Hawaii from Aug. 1st; no 14 days quarantine is required whatsoever, presenting a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of boarding a flight is all required. In the absence of which, passengers arriving from the mainland would have to undergo quarantine for 14 days. This policy is in place from March 2020 and has scared away several tourists and wrecked Hawaii tourism.