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Japan immigration

Japan to double limit on foreign arrivals to 20,000 a day from June

Government says travelers from most nations won't need COVID testing, quarantine

Tourists at an arrival lobby in Narita Airport near Tokyo in April.   © Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) -- Japan will next month double its limit on foreign arrivals to 20,000 a day, the top government spokesperson said on Friday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a regular news conference that travelers from most countries, about 80% of the total foreign entrants to Japan, would not be required to provide proof of negative COVID tests, nor would they have to quarantine on arrival.

This included people from all other members of the G7 group of developed economies.

Japan is accepting business travelers, foreign students and academics but not tourists, except a limited number in a trial of package tours.

Matsuno said experience with the trials would be used in later decisions to further reopen.

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