Japan may lift quarantine for foreign spectators at Tokyo Olympics

The Japanese government is considering lifting the two-week quarantine for foreign spectators of the Olympics and Paralympics in 2021, Kyodo reported.

According to the source, fans may be allowed to use public transportation upon arrival in Japan, but they are required to take a coronavirus test before leaving their home country and upon arrival in Japan. At the same time, the country’s officials have not yet decided whether to accept foreign viewers or not.

The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition has been postponed for a year and should now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

Earlier it was reported that the Japanese government will oblige the Olympics participants to pass a coronavirus test upon arrival in Japan, as well as before leaving the country at the end of the Games. If athletes arriving from abroad have a certificate of a negative coronavirus test, they will be allowed not to undergo a two-week quarantine.