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Japan to Drop Pre-Flight Covid Tests for Vaccinated Visitors

Prime Minister Kishida Fumio said that from Sept 7 visitors to Japan will no longer need to undergo pre-departure Covid tests


Japanese PM Fumio Kishida said that from Sept 7 visitors to Japan will no longer need to undergo a Covid test prior to departure.
Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida Kishida said no decision has been made yet on lifting the daily cap on the number of arrivals in Japan, which is now set at 20,000. Photo: Reuters.

 

Japan will drop the need for visitors to the country to undergo pre-departure Covid tests – as long as they are vaccinated, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday.

The need for visitors to undergo tests will be lifted on September 7, the PM said. But no decision has been made yet on a reported plan to raise a daily cap on inbound travellers from 20,000 to 50,000.

“We will continue relaxing these measures gradually,” said Kishida, who addressed reporters online as he is recuperating from Covid at his official residence.

Japan has maintained some of the strictest pandemic border measures among major economies, requiring travellers to present a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of departure.

Kishida said in May that he wanted to bring Japan’s border measures more in line with those of other Group of Seven nations.

Japan in June opened up to tourists for the first time in two years, but requirements that they apply for visas and stick to guided, package tours have kept actual numbers of inbound visitors small.

Japanese officials announced late last year that the country would bar entry to foreigners to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

 

  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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