TOKYO: Japan and South Korea are expected to reach an agreement as early as this week to resume business travel between the two countries, informed sources said Monday.
The Japanese and South Korean governments are expected to allow both short stays for business and long stays by expatriate employees, the sources said.
South Korea would become the second country after Singapore with which Japan allows the resumption of business trips following entry restrictions introduced amid the coronavirus outbreak.
As for short stays, Japan and South Korea are expected to require travelers to obtain negative coronavirus test results and submit their itineraries, in return for exempting them from two-week self-quarantine.
The two countries are likely to ask long-stay business travelers to take coronavirus tests upon arrival and undergo two weeks of self-quarantine.
In their Sept. 24 phone call, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to accelerate talks to resume business travel between their countries.
Attention will be on whether the restart of business travel will lead to an improvement in bilateral relations that have been strained over wartime labor and other issues.
In April, Japan introduced entry restrictions on non-Japanese travelers from South Korea.
Tokyo has been gradually easing entry restrictions for travelers around the world. Beginning this month, Japan started allowing the entry of people planning to stay in the country for at least three months.