Japan to Tighten Border Restrictions for Travelers from China, Says PM Kishida

Japan will tighten its border controls for travelers from China beginning December 30 in response to an increase in Covid-19 infections, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Tuesday. Everyone arriving from China or having visited mainland China within the past seven days will need to take a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival.

Travelers from China who test positive will be quarantined for seven days, said Kishida.

He also stated that the government will limit airline requests to increase flights to China.

After more than two years of harsh Covid curbs, Japan reopened its borders to tourists in October, providing travelers with proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test taken before departure.

According to Kishida, “concern has been growing in Japan as it is difficult to grasp the detailed situation” in China due to differences between the number of virus cases reported by the government and the private sector.