Japan plans to shorten the period of quarantine for all arrivals — both Japanese and foreign nationals — from the current seven days to three days starting in March, when it opens the border for travelers other than tourists.

For some arrivals, the government is considering dropping the quarantine period entirely. According to NHK on Wednesday, new nontourist arrivals to Japan may be able to skip quarantine — currently observed at designated facilities or at home — if they meet three criteria: acceptable proof of a negative test result, acceptable proof of a third vaccine dose and arrival from a country or territory deemed to have contained the spread of COVID-19.

Government officials also plan next month to ease the cap on the number of daily new entrants from overseas, raising it from the current 3,500 to 5,000 — the same level as November, before the omicron variant started to spread, the report said.