Privately run COVID-19 testing centers for passengers boarding at Haneda Airport in Tokyo were revealed to the media on Thursday ahead of their official opening two days later.
The rapid testing facilities will conduct antigen tests, which provide results in roughly 15 minutes, for ¥1,800 ($16). They will also offer polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which take longer than antigen tests, for ¥1,900, but only for those not departing the same day.
The centers will be set up at Haneda’s Terminal 1 and 2 for domestic flights from Saturday, at a time when passenger numbers remain low as Japan has recently seen a resurgence in COVID-19. The centers will have a combined capacity to administer 2,100 antigen tests and 1,500 PCR tests per day.
An official at Kinoshita Group Co., which manages the testing centers together with airport operator Japan Airport Terminal Co., said the services will give traveling passengers peace of mind and also benefit those who have to go on urgent business trips.
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