The government has shared details the arrival process will change from 1 March.
Vaccine-boosted (3-doses) travellers arriving from:
1. “Designated regions” (high-risk) need to quarantine at home for 7 days. This can be shortened with a negative test from the third day.
2. “Non-designated regions” (low-risk) No quarantine required.
Non-vaccine-boosted (2 doses or fewer) traveller arriving from:
1. ‘Designated regions’ (high-risk) need to quarantine at a Government hotel for 3 days, and released pending a negative test on the third day.
2. “Non-designated regions” (low-risk) need to quarantine at a self-arranged location for 7 days. This can be shortened with a negative test from the third day.
Please see attached regions. As they change the picture will be updated. This is updated/changed often.
Usage of public transport
– People who are quarantining at home may use public transport to get to their place of quarantine within 24 hours of the negative PCR result upon arrival in Japan. (The public transport is yet to be defined)
– The movement is limited to the shortest route to your self arranged quarantine location and must be completed within 24 hours from the inspection at the time of entry (at the time of sample collection)
Close contacts & COVID variants of concern
– Travellers who test positive or are close contacts with an infected person 7 days quarantine.
– Passengers on the same flight as any individual confirmed with the Omicron variant (within 2 rows) will be considered to have been in close contact and asked to self-quarantine in a hotel and other accommodation facilities. (IMPORTANT: as it can take a few days to genome sequence tests it may take 2-5 days to be informed and it is possible you will be transferred to alternative accommodation and the total quarantine may be longer than 14 days)
– Travellers from country/region with a COVID variant of concern, other than the Omicron, the quarantine period is 14 days at a self-arranged location. *However there are no countries/regions currently on this list currently.
– Travellers testing positive (and close contacts) of a variant of COVID other than Delta or Omicron, the quarantine period is 14 days
Recognized Vaccine and Booster Vaccines
– One shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be recognized the same as two shots of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines.
– The only recognized 3rd booster vaccines are Pfizer and Moderna.
Screening Application – Business and School
– For organization sponsoring new arrivals visas, the company can start the application process via the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS) website – https://entry.hco.mhlw.go.jp/ [only organisations and schools can apply- ie individuals cannot apply]
– Acceptance certificates seem to be being issued within a few hours of applying.
– Children 12 years old and under, can quarantine with a family who is triple vaccinated at a self-arranged location
– Children 13 years old and over, must quarantine at a government hotel for 3 days [1 parent can stay with them (optional)].
■ Travelling with children: https://www.facebook.com/…/retur…/posts/1214064355758083
– The daily entry cap for arriving passengers will be increased from 3,500 to 5,000 arriving people per day. (This is coordinated by the airlines. This includes all arrivals, Japanese Nationals, returning residents, new arrivals. Please see the attached photos to see past arrival numbers and quotas)
Registered testing sites:
– To find registered testing sites to reduce quarantine: https://www.c19.mhlw.go.jp/search/english/index.html
– Public transport cannot be used.
New visa entry:
Please contact your local Embassy for exceptional circumstances. Information Center for “Immigration Services Agency” email: firstname.lastname@example.org