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Japan to welcome ‘large-scale’ numbers of overseas visitors for Olympics

The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer will be able to welcome “large-scale” numbers of overseas visitors without mandatory vaccinations or quarantine measures, the Nikkei business daily reports.

The Japanese newspaper, which did not identify the source of the information or detail how many visitors would be allowed, said the government has stated fans will be allowed to enter the country once they provide a negative COVID-19 test and download tracking apps.

In addition, the report claims that Japan would not restrict tourists from using public transportation systems. Under current restrictions, travellers are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival as well as sign up for contact-tracing apps.

Organisers of the events, which were postponed back in March due to the pandemic, have sold nearly one million tickets overseas, the report claims, compared with 4.5 million tickets sold in Japan. The Olympics are now scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021, with the Paralympics to follow from August 24 to September 5.

Japanese residents were able to request refunds from November 10-30. Tickets for the postponed Games will be valid for 2021, but Tokyo 2020 is offering refunds to fans who are no longer able to attend.

In October, the organising committee concluded three days of security tests and COVID-19 countermeasures as it looked to ensure that the rescheduled Games can go ahead safely amid the ongoing difficulties caused by the pandemic.

One of the measures tested was the use of a thermal sticker, which guests can tape on to their wrists before having their baggage checked when entering venues. The sticker is able to determine skin temperature even through clothing, and would allow security personnel to check guests while maintaining a safe distance.

Specific details on how many fans will be permitted at Tokyo 2020 venues next year are yet to be finalised.

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