Japan and Singapore ease Covid travel requirements

Japan and Singapore ease Covid travel requirements

Vaccinated travellers are no longer required to take PCR tests to visit Japan and Singapore

Reports from Japan say that the country will no longer require incoming travellers to show a pre-departure negative test result starting from 7 September 2022, provided they have received three vaccination injections.

Currently, those who wish to enter Japan must show proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours of departure.

Furthermore, the Japanese government will soon review the daily entry cap on travellers, currently set at 20,000.

A spokesperson for tour operator InsideJapan welcomed the reports, saying the removal of barriers to travel “is another big step”.


Meanwhile, Singapore’s health ministry dropped its seven-day quarantine requirement for arrivals who are not fully vaccinated from 28 August 2022.

Non-vaccinated travellers will still need to present a negative PCR test result received within two days before departing for Singapore.

A representative for the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said the latest easing of restrictions “makes the destination even more appealing to visitors” allowing them to enjoy the destination’s foodie scene, the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix in October or Gardens by the Bay’s 10th anniversary in 2022.

Also, from 29 August 2022, Singapore dropped mask requirements indoors, making the wearing of masks now optional in both outdoor and indoor spaces, except on public transport and in high-risk settings such as healthcare facilities.

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