Tokyo, Sept. 23 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government plans to open a website in October to book polymerase chain reaction tests for novel coronavirus infections before overseas travel.
The website, named “TeCOT,” will allow those planning international trips to check the necessary conditions for travel, which differ by destination, and reserve PCR tests.
The government hopes to ensure that travelers get coronavirus tests smoothly as Japan has started to ease restrictions on travel to and from other Asian economies.
Only business travelers and professional athletes will be allowed to use the service in principle. Japanese athletes slated to participate in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, scheduled for next year, will also be able to use the website.
Regarding coronavirus infections, countries impose different conditions for entry.
Singapore requires proof of a negative result of a coronavirus test taken within 72 hours before departure from Japan, while Vietnam requires proof of such a result three to seven days before entry.
There are concerns that such differences make preparations troublesome for potential travelers.
The website will allow users to easily look up and make reservations for domestic medical institutions offering coronavirus tests needed for international travel.
The government will require medical facilities on the website to disclose their PCR test fees, to prevent excessively high charges.
Certificates for negative test results will be issued by the medical institutions in paper form or by email for the time being.
The government plans to introduce a system for issuing such certificates through a special app by the end of next March, due to concerns over fabrications of certificates.
On Friday, Japan eased entry restrictions for short-term business travelers from Singapore. It is also looking to implement similar measures for other Asian economies.
The government hopes the launch of the website will help boost international business travel.