From Wednesday, March 1, Japan will ease the COVID-19 border restrictions previously applied to travelers from Mainland China. As a result, passengers will no longer have to take a test upon arrival. Instead, Japanese authorities will only test select samples. Travelers will still need to present a negative test result before boarding.
Travelers from Hong Kong and Macau were and continue to be exempt from arrival testing or pre-boarding requirements.
On January 12, Japan’s travel requirements for China went into effect. In response, the Chinese government suspended visa issuance to Japanese citizens. However, on January 29, China resumed issuing visas for Japanese travelers.
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