Japan drops Covid pre-arrival testing

Fully vaccinated travellers will soon no longer require a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to arrival in Japan.

Japan drops Covid pre-arrival testing

Fully vaccinated travellers will soon no longer require a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to arrival in Japan.

The relaxation of testing will come into effect from September 7, Prime Minister Kishida confirmed.

Fully vaccinated travellers are considered those who have received three doses of the vaccine.

At present Japan remains open for tourists on a guided tour only, as part of its phased reopening strategy, however, the removal of this testing requirement for fully vaccinated travellers is a step toward further restrictions loosening for independent travel.

Simon King, InsideJapan Co-founder Director, said: “Whilst we welcome every step closer to restriction-free travel, we look forward to being able to plan trips for the majority of our customers who travel on tailored self-guided cultural adventures, and we expect that to come soon.

“We call again to the Japanese government to publish a roadmap to reopening so that we and our customers can start planning for travel again. There are so many people waiting to get back out there to experience our incredible trips in the country we love and know so well, and we can’t wait to introduce them to Japan”.

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