China says that it stands ready to discuss ‘fast track’ entry with other nations

China is beginning to allow business travel into the country

South Korea is the first on the list to be granted allowance in this regard, but it will only apply to five Chinese cities and provinces for now. China did however note that South Korean firms must apply for ‘fast track’ entry to be considered.

It isn’t exactly a massive relaxing of border restrictions per se but it is a start I guess.
That said, if two-week quarantines to and from every country remain mandatory, I can imagine this being more hassle than it is actually helpful.

Japan to allow fingerprint authorization for visitors

Visitors to Japan will be able to use their fingerprints instead of passports to identify themselves at some hotels thanks to technology introduced by a Tokyo venture.

With financial help from the economy and industry ministry, Liquid will start offering a fingerprint-based authorization system by March in a bid to increase travel convenience. Some 80 hotels and Japanese-style inns in major tourist spots like Hakone and Atami, two hot spring resort areas not far from Tokyo, will be among the first to install the system. More inns and hotels will follow.

 The ministry will cover part of the installation costs.

Visitors to Japan can register their fingerprints along with their passport information in their home countries or at registration spots at airports or elsewhere in Japan. Foreign travelers can then identify themselves at a hotel’s front desk by waving their fingers over a contactless device.

Japanese law requires hotels to check and keep copies of foreigners’ passports. But the economy ministry and the ministry of labor have decided to treat “digital passports” as legitimate alternatives.

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