Narita Airport to Launch Two-hour COVID-19 PCR Tests

CHIBA – A novel coronavirus testing center that can provide negative test certificates to departing passengers in a minimum of two hours will open at Narita International Airport on Nov. 2.

The Narita International Airport PCR Center, the first at a Japanese airport, will be set up at Terminals 1 and 2. It will carry out polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests with a combination of the fully-automated gene analysis system called GENECUBE using RT-PCR and the real-time RT-PCR-based SARS-CoV-2 Detection Kit.

“We are pleased to provide support and comfort for customers departing to overseas destinations by conveniently providing certificates right before their departure through this PCR Center, which will contribute to the increase in international travel as well as domestic travel amidst the new coronavirus and will facilitate economic recovery through resuming international flights,” the Narita International Airport Corporation (NAA) and Nippon Medical School Foundation said in a statement.

“Tests are available to anyone with no symptoms who wish to confirm that they are not affected,” the operators added.

The entire testing process will be managed by the Nippon Medical School. Test fee will cost 39,800 yen with an appointment, and 46,500 yen without a reservation.

The center will operate year-round, 24 hours a day. - Florenda Corpuz