Japan may scrap pre-arrival Covid tests within weeks

Japan is considering the removal of pre-arrival Covid-19 testing requirement for vaccinated inbound travellers, with a decision likely to be made within weeks, reported Japanese media on Monday.

Current regulations require Japan-bound travellers to show a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of departure.

Travellers bound for Japan may soon no longer need to perform a pre-arrival PCR test

The government will also consider raising the daily cap on people arriving in Japan from the current 20,000.

Japan’s stringent controls over arriving travellers has put a damper on the country’s efforts to rebuild tourism. Even with its reopening to leisure group tours since June 10, the country’s inbound recovery remains slow.

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