Japan brings forward end to pandemic border controls

Arrangements are underway to lift Japan’s Covid-19 border control measures this Saturday, ahead of initial plans to do so on May 8.

According to Japanese news reports, the decision is made in anticipation of an increase in overseas travellers during the Golden Week holidays.

Japan will lift its Covid-19 restrictions ahead of May 8; Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto pictured

The move will mean that all people entering Japan will no longer need to present certification of at least three Covid-19 vaccination doses or a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of departure.

However, the government is looking to deploy a voluntary testing system at five airports, targeting travellers with symptoms such as fever, with the aim of detecting new infectious diseases.

Japan will maintain its plans to downgrade the classification of Covid-19 under the infectious disease law to Category V, the same as for seasonal flu, on May 8.

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