Two new coronavirus testing centres have been set up at Haneda Airport Terminals 1 and 2. The facilities, which are scheduled to open on Saturday April 10, will provide both the PCR test and rapid antigen test to travellers.
The rapid antigen test, which is performed by taking a nasal swab, costs ¥1,800 and will only take 15 minutes for results to be ready. The PCR test, which will only be available to people not travelling on the same day, uses a saliva sample and need at least two hours for results to show; this costs ¥1,900.
However, the two centres are limited to travellers on domestic flights only, meaning the few international travellers coming into Japan are still subjected to the existing testing process before they are cleared for two weeks of self-isolation.
Domestic flights do not require travellers to provide certification of a negative result. Nevertheless, the option of taking a rapid (and affordable) coronavirus test will help improve health and safety standards as the number of domestic travellers increases.
The testing centres will be open from 9am-6pm daily. Online bookings are available once the facilities open.
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