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Japan scraps arrival COVID tests for China visitors from March 1

Travellers still need to show negative results before takeoff

Travellers from China no longer have to take COVID tests upon arrival in Japan from March 1. (Photo by Mayumi Tsumita)

TOKYO (Reuters) -- Japan will from Wednesday ease its COVID restrictions on travellers from China, dropping a requirement that everyone take a test for the virus upon arrival, its top government spokesperson said.

Instead of blanket testing of travellers from mainland China, Japan will only test selected samples, although travellers will still need to show a negative test before boarding their flights to Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a news conference on Monday.

The changes were intended to "support smooth international travels, given a low rate of positive test results among entrants," Matsuno said.

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