The government is considering exempting visitors from overseas who will attend next summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics from the nation's 14-day quarantine period, a measure currently imposed in principle on international travelers to stem the spread of COVID-19, official sources said Tuesday.

While the government has yet to decide whether to allow spectators from abroad to attend the Summer Games, if approved they will likely be required to test negative for the COVID-19 virus multiple times before departure and have their condition monitored after entry into Japan, according to the sources.

But unlike foreign athletes and staff, for which the government is also planning to ease entry restrictions, spectators will be permitted to use public transport given the difficulties in restricting their movement.