Japan Drops Testing Requirements for Vaccinated Travelers
The Prime Minister of Japan announced that vaccinated international travelers arriving in the country will no longer need to show proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test.
“From Sept. 7, we will no longer require people who have been vaccinated three times to present proof that they are not infected,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said.
The country would keep its daily caps on arrivals in place. The daily cap on inbound travelers is currently at 20,000. However, it could soon be increased to 50,000, but no timetable has been revealed.
“We will continue relaxing these measures gradually,” Kishida told Reuters. “We hope to announce something soon based on the quarantine setup and the situation with infections.”
Kishida said in May that he wanted to bring Japan’s border measures more in line with other Group of Seven nations. In June, the Japanese government reopened to tourists for the first time in two years.
Airlines have also been anticipating a spike in demand for travel to Japan once restrictions are removed. Delta for example announced new flights, and recently opened its first Delta Sky Club at Haneda International.
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