AP Pics: A 35-hour Olympic journey from Argentina to Tokyo


There is no quick way from Argentina to Japan. Connected Press Photographer Natacha Pisarenko’s journey was extra sophisticated than most.

From the whole-physique protective satisfies worn by fellow tourists in Buenos Aires, to the lengthy wait at Haneda Airport in Tokyo for outcomes from COVID-19 testing, Pisarenko’s approximately 35-hour journey to the 2020 Summer Online games was for a longer period than most but in any other case standard for the thousands of athletes, officers and media descending on Japan’s money this 7 days.

With the opening ceremonies times away, foreigners are arriving in droves inspite of the city’s condition of crisis prompted by surging COVID-19 conditions. Site visitors are underneath rigid protecting protocols that start off with tests 96 several hours prior to their flights and will carry on all over their stays.

Pisarenko’s trek commenced in Buenos Aires, with a prevent in Frankfort, Germany, en route to Japan. Masks ended up required all through, but some tourists took additional safety measures. A couple of in Buenos Aires donned protecting coveralls, gloves and plastic facial area shields — at the very least one retained the physique fit on all through the flight to Frankfurt.

Quite a few actions awaited at Haneda Airport, such as saliva virus screening, rounds of paperwork verification and the validation of Olympic qualifications. A bus took Pisarenko to a taxi, and the cab eventually brought her to her resort. The tiny place rarely matches her clothing and gear, but out the window is a nice check out of the town at sunset.