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United States eases travel advisory for Japan

The US also updated its requirements for inbound passengers. (AFP)
The US also updated its requirements for inbound passengers. (AFP)
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17 Nov 2021 02:11:24 GMT9
17 Nov 2021 02:11:24 GMT9

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TOKYO: The US has issued an updated travel advisory for Japan on Monday as cases of COVID-19 have dropped dramatically in the past few months.

The advisory said there was “a low level of COVID-19 in the country,” but noted there are restriction and conditions for entry into Japan.

The US also updated its requirements for inbound passengers, stating, “all non-immigrant, non-US citizen air travelers to the country will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane.”

They are also required “to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. US citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.”

It was noted that only the Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines are currently approved in Japan, while noting that only “very limited” passengers are allowed entry into Japan.

“Travel for tourism and most other short-term purposes is still not permitted, and there is no indication that this will change in the short term. Visa-free travel is suspended. Travelers who believe they qualify for an exception to Japan’s strict entry controls should contact their nearest Japanese Embassy or consulate for information. The Government of Japan continues to enforce strict travel regulations that bar most non-resident foreigners, including tourists from newly entering into Japan,” according to the advisory

“The Government of Japan has also announced that fully vaccinated business travelers to Japan may be able to travel to Japan and will be eligible for a reduced, three-day quarantine period. In addition, foreign students, technical trainees, and certain new long-term residents may be allowed to enter Japan and be eligible for a 10-day quarantine period.”

“Travelers entering Japan are prohibited from using public transportation, including domestic flights, taxis, and rail services for the duration of their applicable quarantine period,” it said.

Japan reported 15 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, down from 30 a week earlier.

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