Japan to lower COVID-19 alert level and lift border measures from 8th May

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3rd April 2023 – (Tokyo) Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, Hirokazu Matsuno, announced on Monday (3rd) that the country would lower its COVID-19 alert level to Level 5 and lift its border measures related to the pandemic from 8th May. However, the government will monitor incoming passengers with symptoms such as fever and cough by conducting virus gene sequencing.

In addition, starting Wednesday (5th), travellers from mainland China who have received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will no longer be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. However, they will still be subject to random testing upon arrival.

According to current regulations, foreign travellers entering Japan must present proof of having received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. Travellers from mainland China must present a negative COVID-19 test regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not. Matsuno did not provide details on the lifting of border measures starting 8th May.

Japan’s decision to ease border measures comes as the country experiences a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases, with the seven-day average of new infections dropping to 2,351 on Monday, down from the peak of 7,882 on 20th August.