Excellent news came out last week as authorities announced that in Japan, pre-departure testing will no longer be a mandatory requirement for fully-vaccinated travellers next month.
Following confirmation from officials on Wednesday the 24th of August, Japan pre-departure testing has been set to be scrapped for all fully-vaccinated travellers from around the world. This change was announced by the Japanese prime minister, Fumio Kishida.
According to Kishida’s update, Japan will no longer require any fully vaccinated travellers to provide evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours pre-departure. Currently, this is the only testing requirement in place for fully-vaccinated travellers to Japan. This means that following this change there will be no testing requirements for vaccinated travellers.
For travellers entering Japan, fully-vaccinated travellers are classed as those who have been administered three complete doses of an approved Covid vaccination programme.
This change is intended to go into action on Wednesday the 7th of September and has been updated on the FCDO Foreign Travel Advice page where you can find more details on the Covid-related requirements for entering Japan.
This is the first update on Japan pre-departure testing since the country first reopened to travellers arriving on guided tours on the 10th of June, a little over 2 months ago. According to Kishida, this isn’t the only update to come. The Japanese government also have plans to increase the daily cap on incoming travellers to the country, which is currently set at 20,000.
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