Starting Monday, business travelers — both those visiting Japan for work and individuals coming back to Japan from a business trip, regardless of nationality — only need to observe a shortened quarantine period of three days if they meet certain criteria.

That is great news for companies who have been keen to resume face-to-face meetings in Japan and overseas but had been putting them off because of a ban on new entries or quarantine requirements of 10 to 14 days depending on vaccination status.

But looking at the details, the easing of travel rules may not be as good as it sounds. In fact, business travelers and their companies need to jump through a considerable number of hoops to be eligible for a shortened quarantine period.