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Predeparture testing requirement stands in the way of welcoming foreign tourists

  • June 24, 2022
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Nikkei reported on the recent arrival in Japan of multiple groups of international tourists for the first time in more than 2 years following the relaxation of COVID-19 border controls, noting that since Japan still requires incoming travelers to present at ports of entry negative results of PCR tests that must be conducted at clinics within three days ahead of departure, inbound tourism may not pick up momentum anytime soon. While citing the result of a poll taken in the United States showing that three out of five respondents said they would avoid trips to countries that mandate predeparture testing, the business daily called for the GOJ to consider eliminating or easing the mandatory predeparture testing to help jumpstart the economy.

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