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Japan requires Covid-19 test for travellers from China

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has announced that Japan will require travellers from China to take a Covid-19 test following reports that infection is spreading rapidly in China. The move came after Beijing announced that it will end inbound quarantine requirements. This means that travellers from mainland China, or those who have been there within seven days, will be required to test on arrival in Japan from December 30. Those who test positive will be quarantined for seven days at designated facilities. Kishida said that Tokyo will also cap flights coming from mainland China. Japan only fully reopened to tourists in October, after two-and-a-half years of Covid-19 restrictions that kept out almost all foreign travellers. In November, 934,500 people visited Japan from overseas, about 40% of the figure in the same month in pre-pandemic 2019.

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