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Japan updates its quarantine rules and extends entry restrictions

Travel restrictions will remain in place until March 7 following Japan’s state of emergency extension

Kaila Imada

Following Japan’s extension of the state of emergency, existing travel restrictions including the ban on all foreign travellers will remain in place until March 7. According to The Japan Times, the government is also tightening quarantine rules for citizens and foreign residents returning from countries or regions where the new Covid-19 variants have been reported.

If you’re travelling during this time, here’s what you need to know.

  • The current ban on new arrivals still stands, meaning only Japanese citizens and foreign residents with valid residency status are allowed to re-enter the country.

  • The ban on foreign travellers applies to all new visa applicants including student and dependent visas as well as business travellers. Those who have obtained a Certificate of Eligibility, which confirms their eligibility for a new visa, are also restricted. However, exceptions can be made in cases of emergency.

  • International arrivals are required to take a Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to their departure back to Japan and submit a negative test result certificate upon arrival. Another coronavirus test must be taken upon arrival and travellers are subject to a 14-day quarantine. A pledge must also be signed as an agreement to abide by the quarantine rules.

  • Those arriving from countries or regions where the new coronavirus variants have been reported must self-isolate for the first three days at a designated facility allocated by the government. They must also undergo another Covid-19 test on the third day. These regions currently include Ireland, Israel, Brazil's State of Amazonas, Britain and South Africa.

  • Those tested negative upon arrival may return home or go to their accommodation for the 14-day quarantine period. To get into the city, public transport is not allowed. Overseas arrivals are asked to take private cars, dedicated buses or selected trains to get out of the airport.

The revised quarantine measures have come into effect starting today, Friday February 5. Additionally, foreign residents who break quarantine rules will be penalised and could have their residency status revoked. This report also states that from February 13, authorities will be allowed to impose fines and legal penalties on those who break the quarantine law, which may include a one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to ¥1 million.

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