Japan relaxes pre-entry testing

Wednesday, 24 Aug, 2022 0

Japan is lifting pre-entry Covid-19 testing for fully vaccinated travellers with at least one booster shot

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced the change is effective on September 7.

“We plan to gradually ease border controls to allow entry procedures to be as smooth as those of other countries,” Kishida said.

“We will speed up our efforts while balancing infection measures and social and economic activities.”

Japan is one of the last major countries to drop pre-travel testing, although neighbours China and South Korea still require it.

The isolation period for people who test positive will be reduced.

However, Japan will continue to uphold the cap of 20,000 inbound daily visitors.

Inbound tourism so far has been sluggish with just 387,000 visitors, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.

“This is great for our small group tours and private guided Exclusive Private Journey customers who will be travelling to Japan from September onwards, “said specialist InsideJapan.

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