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Japan is considering re-traveling there from certain countries and regions during the coronavirus pandemic, including one U.S. state: Hawaii. This happens when the state continues to restrict travel from the continental U.S., raising cases of coronavirus in Hawaii and the continental U.S..

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi are considering resuming international travel between the country and several other areas, Motegi said at a recent press conference: Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Republic of Korea (IOC), Singapore and Taiwan. According to Hawaii Governor David Ige, Europe and Hawaii will be added to the list.

“Japan and Hawaii have long-standing cultural ties and deep friendships that have enriched the lives of many generations,” Ige said on Wednesday. “It is important to restore travel between Japan and Hawaii and we believe this program is a way to do so while preventing the further spread of COVID-19 infections.”

Hawaii House interlocutor Scott Saiki added about the reciprocal relationship: “It is no less important for Hawaiians to be able to travel to Japan again to connect with family, do business and experience historical and cultural sites as we need to greet people. Japan back to Hawaii. “

There is no timetable for when this would happen. Igė said that public health will inform about the implementation of the program, which will accelerate the recovery of the state economy.

In late June, the governor’s office announced that travelers can visit Hawaii from Aug. 1, No quarantine required by submitting a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of boarding the flight. Without it, passengers from the mainland would have to be strictly quarantined for 14 days – a policy in place since March that has deterred most tourists and destroyed Hawaii’s tourism industry.

Hawaii has delayed its plan to allow non-state visitors to return to the vacation spot without quarantine until September due to an increase in coronavirus cases in the state and the continental United States. In many cases, it has been difficult for people in many states to try. Hawaii in particular has responded aggressively to travelers ’demands by imposing mandatory quarantines, not to mention arrests and fines.

Many Hawaiian business communities have been waiting for the testing program as it will make it easier for tourists to visit and potentially boost the economy. The quarantine requirement essentially banned tourism to the state.

In Hawaii, 1,711 cases of coronavirus have been reported since Tuesday morning, up from 318 last week. Hawaii is one of the states with the fastest growth in cases in the past week, including New Jersey, Connecticut, Alaska and Missouri. In total, there are nearly 4.3 million cases in the United States. According to Johns Hopkins, there were more than 32,000 cases in Japan and the number of cases is growing.

Despite this possible resumption of travel, Japan is currently strengthening its quarantine procedures and expanding restricted entry zones, the Japan National Tourism Organization reports.

Contributed by: Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

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