Japan is easing its coronavirus separator measures for visitors from China opening Wednesday by testing only random passengers, a apical authorities spokesperson said Monday.
Since December, Japan has been testing each travelers from mainland China astatine 4 designated airports connected grounds of surging infections successful that state and a deficiency of information. Visitors from China are besides required to show a impervious of pre-boarding antagonistic test.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a news convention that arsenic of Wednesday, only random testing will beryllium carried retired connected passengers from China.
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The alteration is intended to "promote soft world travel" taking into information comparatively debased infection rates among arrivals complete nan past 2 months, Matsuno said. All samples analysed astatine nan separator were of nan omicron strains, which are already recovered wrong Japan, he said.
Proof of pre-boarding antagonistic trial will still beryllium required, he said.
Travelers guidelines successful statement adjacent check-in counters successful a departure hallway astatine Narita International Airport successful Narita, Japan, connected Dec. 30, 2022. Japan is easing COVID-19 separator measures for visitors from China.
Direct flights from China, presently only allowed to onshore astatine Narita, Haneda, Chubu and Kansai, will beryllium expanded to different airports.
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China, which lifted its "zero-COVID" argumentation successful December, retaliated for nan stricter separator measures imposed by Japan and South Korea by temporarily suspending short-term visas for nan nationals of nan 2 countries. China has since resumed issuing visas successful Japan.
South Korea has already removed introduction restrictions for short-term travelers from China since nan opening of January, arsenic officials saw nan pandemic successful China being stabilized.
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Japan plans to mostly relax its mask-wearing requests connected March 13 and time off it up to individuals. It will besides downgrade COVID-19 to nan balanced of seasonal influenza successful May.