(CNN) – A plane from Japanese business travelers landed Vietnam on June 25, marking the first flight between the two countries since imposing restrictions on borders in an effort to stop the spread of corona.
However, the two countries are now easing their restrictions, allowing a chartered flight organized by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam from Narita Airport in Tokyo to northern Vietnam on Thursday.
The 150 passengers had checked their temperatures before the flight, were checked for corona on arrival and will be quarantined for two weeks in a hotel. Two more chartered flights are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, carrying a total of 440 people from Japan in Vietnam. About 130 of the travelers work at the factory of the Japanese electronics company Sharp Corporation in Vietnam, according to the company. “I’m more relieved than happy. We will now have the human resources we need to resume our activities,” said Wada Kazuhito, president of the company in Vietnam. according at the Japanese multimedia store NHK. It is the first step towards opening the border between the two countries, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry. earlier this month is working to relax travel rules with Vietnam.
But for now, tourists are not included in the plans.
Japan and Vietnam seem to have controlled their cases. Japan has reported more than 18,000 deaths and 971 deaths, while Vietnam reported only 352 deaths – and no deaths, according to a report from Johns Hopkins University.
Japan and Vietnam are the latest to slowly reopen borders as countries around the world balance the need to keep their citizens safe – and start their economies.
One idea that is being discussed in many areas is the so-called travel bubbles – that is, the opening of borders, but only to residents of selected countries.
Others are still working on the details of how to open borders.
The leaders of New Zealand and Australia have pledged to form a travel corridor, although no fixed plans have been announced.
On June 21, Fiji Prime Minister Josaia “Frank” Voreqe Bainimarama said the country was working on its own bubble – which it described as “Bula Bubble” – between Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.
Bula is a greeting that means hello or welcome to Fiji.
CNN’s Lilit Marcus contributed to this article.
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