In clear signs that Australia is doing pretty damn well with the whole COVID-19 thing at the moment, first New Zealand and now Japan have both restarted the conversation about creating a travel bubble between our two countries.
Hell. Bloody. Yes.
Look, before I deep dive I have to let you know that this is far from a concrete plan, and depends on how our cases progress etc etc. So basically you probably shouldn’t be excited, but to hell with it — I’m excited anyway. I need this.
As reported by Nikkei Asian Review, Japan plans to start lifting some of the 159 travel bans to countries and regions around the world as early as October 1.
They will give priority to 10 countries and regions who are kicking corona butt and keeping their case numbers low — and yes Australia was listed. They also mentioned New Zealand, and Vietnam. Apparently, those selected foreign travellers will have “permission to stay in the country for more than three months”.
However it was also noted that “decisions on whether to accept travellers from Japan will ultimately be up to those governments”. So fingers crossed we all keep doing the right thing and the Australian Government plays ball. Once again, I REALLY need this, although I don’t see it happening so soon.
Just to remember all the great stuff we’re missing out on, they’ve got cherry blossoms and stunning mountain lakes. They’re also getting a Super Nintendo World, a Harry Potter World, and they’re home to one of the oldest restaurants in the world.
Fingers crossed everyone!
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Kassia is the Editor of AWOL, and a straight-up travel addict. She was born without a sense of direction, yet an intense desire to explore the world. As such, she's lost 90% of the time but she's learned to roll with it. You can catch her latest adventures on Instagram @probably_kassia.