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Japan and Laos agree to relax coronavirus travel restrictions

Expatriates to be eligible first, with students and business travel on agenda

A Lao Airlines flight from Vientiane is inspected by Chinese customs officials in March at Kunming Changshui International Airport in Yunnan Province.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan and Laos agreed Sunday to allow expatriates to resume traveling as early as September, provided they stay home for 14 days after entering their respective countries as part of measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The plan was agreed by Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Laotian counterpart Saleumxay Kommasith during their talks in Vientiane, according to the Japanese government.

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