Changes in Quarantine Requirements in Japan: How to reduced your quarantine period
Shortening of quarantine for entering Japan
Proof of negative test for reduced quarantine period
During the Olympics and Paralympic games, COVID-19 cases in Japan spiked for a while. However, now that cases are decreasing and things seem to be stabilizing, the Japanese government has decided to loosen the strict border measures.
The Japanese government has made two announcements in this past week regarding border measures for people entering the country.
In short, the new required quarantine time in the facility designated by the Japanese authorities is now of 3 days for people traveling from countries that are on the “risk list”. Also, if you have proof that you have been fully vaccinated, your self-quarantine time can be shortened.
How it was before this change
Before this change, the established quarantine time at a facility designated by the Quarantine Station was anytime between 3 days to as long as 10 days, depending on the country or region you’re traveling from.
And no matter from which country you come from, the self-quarantine period was of 14 days (counting from the day you arrive in Japan).
First Announcement (September 17, 2021)
As stated above, the Japanese government made two separate announcements.
The first announcement was made on September 17. The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare first announced the revised list of the countries that are considered at risk due to the several COVID variants. About 20 countries and regions have been eliminated from the previous list because the Japanese government has considered that these countries are no longer a large threat when it comes to spreading the COVID-19 variant.
Then, they indicated that the time needed to be spent at the facility indicated by the Quarantine Station after arrival to Japan will be of 3 days.
After these 3 days at the facility, travelers will still need to self-quarantine until 14 days have passed, counting from the entry to Japan.
This change was put into effect on September 20.
What Countries are affected by this change
Countries that were eliminated from the “high-risk” list include the U.S.A., France, and Thailand, among others. People who come from these countries don’t have to make the quarantine at the designated facility (but they still need to do the self-quarantine).
People coming from countries such as Indonesia and Kyrgyzstan who used to have to quarantine for 10 days can now complete the mandatory quarantine at the designated facility in only 3 days.
The same goes for people coming from India or UAE, who needed to quarantine for 6 days before this change.
On the other hand, there are some countries and regions that were not on the list previously but were added on this occasion. These countries include The Dominican Republic and Uzbekistan.
List of countries that need to do the 3-day quarantine at the designated facility when entering Japan:
Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Georgia, Greece, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Seychelles, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, UAE, UK, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Zambia.
Second Announcement (September 22, 2021)
The second announcement made by The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare was on September 22.
Starting in October, the self-quarantine time can be shortened from the original 14 days to 10 days if you have proof that you have been fully inoculated against COVID-19 using vaccines authorized by the Japanese government and take a PCR test and the result is negative. The authorized vaccines are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca.
Then on your day 10 of self-quarantine you need to go to a clinic using private transportation only. Once you have your negative certificate, you can upload it through the MySOS application, which is the application used in Japan to control those who come from abroad and are in quarantine.
If you don’t know how to upload the document, here is an official step-by-step guide ▶Submission of negative test for reduced quarantine period
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