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GOJ may require every visitor to undergo second COVID-19 test at port of entry

  • March 22, 2021
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The Monday editions of all national dailies took up remarks made on a Sunday talk show by Health Minister Tamura. He reportedly said the GOJ is likely to mandate all travelers from abroad undergo a second PCR test for COVID-19 three days after testing negative upon arrival. At present, second tests are only required for those traveling from 24 countries in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa that are designated as regions where new COVID-19 strains are widespread. They are also required to present at ports of entry negative results of tests conducted prior to their departure for Japan. The ministry is reportedly likely to expand the scope of testing to cover all visitors irrespective of nationality in light of the rapid spread of emerging variants.

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