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Japan waives COVID entry tests in step toward welcoming tourists


Nikkei -- May 20
Japan is moving away from its strict travel restrictions that have made it an outlier in the world by allowing about 80% of inbound travelers to skip COVID tests and quarantine upon arrival.

Starting June 1, the cap on daily international arrivals will also be raised to 20,000 people from 10,000 people. The eased entry rules mark a policy shift as Japan explores ways to resume inbound tourism while keeping the coronavirus at bay in a protracted pandemic.

Countries of origin will be divided into "blue," "yellow," and "red" regions based on coronavirus infection trends and rates of positive test results.

Those coming from the low-risk blue regions will not have to undergo COVID-19 tests at ports of entry nor quarantine at home or at other designated lodging. This will apply to everyone from the qualified regions regardless of their vaccination status. The government will issue an updated breakdown of the groups.

"We will likely not request tests or isolation at the time of entry for 80% of travelers," Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a news conference Friday, adding the figure represents visitors from qualifying countries and regions.

As the country prepares to open its borders for tourists, the government is set to start allowing entry for small groups of tourists from the U.S. and three other countries on a trial basis. ...continue reading

May 20 (ANNnewsCH) - 政府は、来月1日から入国者の人数を、一日1万人から、2万人に引き上げると発表しました。 各国の新型コロナウイルスの感染状況で、グループ分けをし、感染が最も落ち着いてる国からの入国は、ワクチン接種の有無にかかわらず、入国時の検査や、待機も免除します。 ...continue reading

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