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Japan's tight COVID rules stand out as virus risk ebbs

Testing requirement dropped by other countries risks stranding travelers abroad

Travelers wear protective suits at Narita International Airport. Japan continues to require travelers to submit a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Even as other countries loosen coronavirus-related restrictions as data shows a lower risk of the worst outcomes, Japan has barely budged on its strict travel limits and isolation guidelines.

In the most recent example, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday dropped its recommendation that people potentially exposed to the virus quarantine for five days. It now suggests wearing a high-quality mask for 10 days and testing for the virus on the fifth day.

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