Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on December 27 that all those coming from China would require negative COVID tests when entering Japan. The move came as COVID sweeps through China largely unchecked following the recent easing of its policies.

According to Nikkei Asia, starting from Friday, December 30, Japan would require negative COVID-19 tests for travelers from China upon arrival. If the test is positive, that person will need to undergo quarantine at a designated facility for seven days.

In addition, the government will require testing for visitors who have recently been in China during the past 7 days.

Travelers to Japan who have proof of having received three doses of coronavirus vaccines or a 72-hour negative test can be exempt from mandatory testing upon arrival.

The government won’t allow airlines to increase the number of flights between Japan and China.

Kishida said, “In order to avoid a sharp increase in the influx of new cases into the country, we are focusing efforts on entry inspections and airports.”

China’s National Health Commission announced on December 26 that inbound passengers will just need to provide a negative test result obtained within 48 hours of boarding.

In a report released last week, British research firm Airfinity said that the current COVID outbreak in China might result in the deaths of 1.3 to 2.1 million people. 

According to Airfinity, the wave may reach its two highest points at 3.7 million per day in mid-January in areas where cases are already on the rise and 4.2 million per day in other provinces in March.

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