Arrivals will no longer need to submit a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before departure or proof of receiving a booster dose after primary vaccination. Authorities will also remove the health form system to obtain a QR code starting May 8. Under the new directives, passengers on direct flights from mainland China will no longer be subject to random testing. However, regardless of origin, symptomatic entrants may undergo on-arrival testing and isolation if necessary.

The government on Monday completely lifted its overseas travel alert for Japanese nationals over the coronavirus pandemic, following the end of the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 emergency. Japan initially issued the advisory in January 2020 for those who travelled to China, setting it at Level 1, the lowest on its four-point scale. The Foreign Ministry expanded it worldwide in March of that year.

Facemasks are optional in outdoor spaces with adequate social distancing. Physical distancing requirements that were in place for most long-distance transport services and business establishments have been dropped. Sports and entertainment venues may operate at full capacity. Authorities permit travel from all locations, and visa-free arrangements have resumed for applicable countries.

Since October last year, the government of Japan had maintained a Level 1 alert, which advises travellers to stay fully alert, for the entire world. Citing a decline in deaths and cases involving serious symptoms, the World Health Organization declared that the pandemic no longer constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

Currently implemented measures including random sampling tests which are provisional measures for all travellers and returnees arriving from China, excluding Hong Kong and Macau by direct flights, will be replaced by the testing on arrival required for those who show symptoms, which is the same measure applied to all other travellers and returnees.