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Japan to require all travelers from China to take COVID test

Move follows China's decision to loosen its zero-COVID policy

Travelers in the departure lobby of Beijing Capital International Airport. China's new wave of COVID-19 cases has prompted strict border controls by Japan.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday that his government will tighten restrictions on travelers entering Japan from China, in response to the rapid increase in cases following China's decision to loosen its harsh zero-COVID policy.

Japan will require all travelers from China to be tested upon arrival from Friday. If a person tests positive, a seven-day quarantine will be needed at a designated facility.

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