All Japan COVID-19 border controls will be lifted on 29 April
Good news for all of our Golden Week travellers...
Japan is preparing to lift its current COVID-19 border control measures earlier than planned, on Saturday, in anticipation of an influx of overseas travelers during the Golden Week holidays.
Originally, the government had intended to end the border measures on May 8, the same day that the legal status of the coronavirus will be downgraded to that of common infectious diseases like seasonal influenza. However, this coincides with the end of the holiday period, which begins this weekend.
Currently, all entrants are required to present certification of at least three COVID-19 vaccination doses or a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of departure. None of these will be required from the 29th April.
While the current requirements is expected to be dropped from midnight on Friday, the government is planning to introduce a voluntary testing system at five airports, targeting entrants with symptoms such as fever, with the aim of detecting new infectious diseases.
We extend our best wishes for a safe journey to anyone traveling to or from Japan. We hope that the relaxation of border controls will lead to a stress-free start or end to your holiday.
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