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Thailand and Japan cautious on EU travel despite priority status

Visitors from South Korea also given green light, but obstacles remain

Greece is one of the EU countries opening its border to travelers from Japan, Thailand and South Korea.   © Reuters

TOKYO/BANGKOK -- Travelers from Japan, South Korea and Thailand are now welcome in the European Union. But business groups and travel industry figures from the three countries do not expect a rush, citing remaining obstacles and a lingering fear of a coronavirus second wave.

The EU took the first step towards restoring global ties interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic on July 1, saying visitors from 15 countries, including the three from Asia, would now be allowed entry. The group is united in achieving low infection rates, according to the EU.

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