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Japan balks at waiving quarantine for vaccinated travelers

'No precedent' for shortening mandatory period, health ministry argues

An inbound passenger from the U.S. screened at Narita Airport: Japan's quarantine policy is stricter than those of many other countries. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- Japan remains reluctant to ease its 14-day quarantine requirement for even fully vaccinated travelers from overseas, bucking a global trend and possibly delaying the resumption of business travel.

Japan's quarantine policy is stricter than those of many other countries. All travelers from overseas must quarantine for 14 days at home or a hotel. Australia also generally mandates a two-week quarantine.

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