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Wednesday 5 April 2023

Japan to end all Covid border control measures

Japan - which has imposed some of the toughest pandemic crackdown measures in the world - will end all Covid border control measures next month.

That means proof of vaccination or a test will no longer be required as of May 8.

From that date Covid-19 will then be classified in Japan as a common disease, Travel Mole reports.

Currently, all arrivals must present proof of at least Covid vaccination jabs, or a negative test taken within 72 hours of departure.

The move is expected to help boost Japan tourism, which is in recovery mode.

In November, 2021, Japan tightened border controls by barring the entry of all non-resident foreigners and by requiring returning Japanese nationals and foreign residents to quarantine at designated facilities.

Initially implemented for a month, the control measures were later extended, sparking protests from foreign exchange students and business people.

The country started gradually easing the daily entry cap in March 2022 before completely lifting it in October of that year.

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