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August 25, 2022

Japan to end pre-entry Covid-19 tests for vaccinated passengers

The government will continue the daily restriction on passenger arrivals in the country.

The Japanese Government is set to remove pre-departure Covid-19 tests for vaccinated travellers arriving in the country, Reuters reported.

Speaking to reporters online, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that although the government is waiving the test requirement for travellers, the daily restriction on passenger arrivals in the country will still be in place.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was quoted by the news agency as saying: “From 7th September 2022, we will no longer require people who have been vaccinated three times to present proof that they are not infected.”

Earlier, the Japanese Government made it mandatory for travellers arriving in the country to present a negative Covid-19 test report taken within 72 hours of their departure.

Citing local media, Reuters reported that the government could increase the daily restriction on inbound passengers from 20,000 to 50,000.

The Prime minister added: “We will continue relaxing these measures gradually. We hope to announce something soon based on the quarantine setup and the situation with infections.”

Japan’s move comes at a time when the country is witnessing the seventh wave of Covid-19, and with the spread of new BA.4 and BA.5 variants, companies in the country have been forced to stop production, according to the Reuters report.

In June, flight operations resumed between Seoul in South Korea and the Japanese capital of Tokyo after a two-year suspension due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Kyodo News, four airlines from the two countries have begun eight round trips per week.

These airlines include Korean Air and Asiana Airlines of South Korea, as well as Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.

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