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Japan lifts tourism ban, puts Philippines on blue list

Japan will loosen more its border control policy and quarantine requirements starting June and has placed Philippines and 97 more countries on its blue list with low COVID-19 infection rates.

Under Japan's COVID-19 border control measures which categorize countries and regions into three groups -- red, yellow and blue -- depending on their assessed level of virus risk.

Travellers arriving from countries or regions on the blue list would be able to bypass quarantine as long as they pass a pre-departure PCR test, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Those on the yellow list would require proof of vaccination with selected vaccines to skip quarantine.

Travelers from red list will be required to undergo a test upon arrival and isolate for at least three days at a designated facility

Japan has already announced it would double its cap on overseas arrivals to 20,000 a day starting in June, far below the levels seen before the pandemic. 

Japan also announced that starting June 10, foreign travelers may also enter as part of guided tour groups with set itineraries.


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