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Japan Screens Certain Airline Arrivals for Coronavirus

December 28, 2022 • 7:10 am CST
by Afif Ramdhasuma
(Vax Before Travel)

PBS reported yesterday Japan intends to enhance border controls by requiring SARS-CoV-2 virus tests for visitors from China as a temporary measure to reduce the surge of COVID-19 cases in Tokyo.

Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the new border measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus on December 28, 2022.

Effective December 30, 2022, visitors who test positive for the coronavirus will be quarantined for seven days at designated facilities.

Direct flights between the two countries will be focused at four Japanese airports, PBS confirmed on December 27, 2022.

As of June 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) no longer requires air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the U.S.

However, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the U.S. must be fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC, prior to boarding an airplane to the U.S. This requirement does not apply to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. lawful permanent residents, or immigrants.