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Coronavirus impact in Japan [consolidated]

Coronavirus impact in Japan [consolidated]

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This thread is for discussion of the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to Japan. Non-Japan-related discussion should be taken either to the most relevant forum, the Coronavirus and Travel forum, or the OMNI forums.

UPDATE FOR TOURISTS LOOKING TO VISIT JAPAN AFTER COVID-19 BORDER RESTRICTIONS EASE
Japan does currently not allow entry for general tourism purposes. Most visa waivers are suspended, and travel to Japan for non resident foreigners generally require a visa. And quarantine as described for the countries and territories below.

UPDATE FOR PEOPLE WITH VISAS THAT ALLOW ENTRY INTO JAPAN
The quarantine requirements mentioned below will generally apply to entrants in Japan. As the conditions of who can obtain a visa for entry on exceptional circumstances are not clearly listed anywhere, it is necessary to confirm entry requirements with your local Japanese diplomatic representatives

Spouses and children of foreign permanent residents or Japanese nationals, can obtain visas for short term stays (up to 90 days) by applying in person or by mail at an overseas Japanese consulate. Required documentation includes application form, letter with reason for purpose of visit, bank statement and Koseki Tohon. Processing times have been reported as on the spot to up to one week.

From March 1st, business travelers, students and technical trainees can again enter Japan. There is a need to have a receiving organisation to apply for the visa. For business travelers, there will be one point of contact with the Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare. Though the full details are not published yet (as of typing on the 27th of February, please add them if you have seen them)

Business travelers must have a Japanese company or organization apply for a Certificate for Completion of Registration to the MHLW ERFS system. This is a two step process. The company must first register and then apply for the Certificate for the traveler. These can both be done online and completed in less than an hour.The website for doing this is https://entry.hco.mhlw.go.jp/.

After getting the certificate the traveler must apply for visa at the Japanese Consulate or Embassy with jurisdiction for where they reside. (They are quite strict about this. E.g. you can't apply while traveling in a foreign country.) The information on the Consulate pages state that you need Letter of Guarantee, Invitation Letter, etc when applying for the visa. In fact, however, if you have the EFRS certificate, all you need is the visa application, your passport and a photo. The Consulate will issue the visa within 5 days.

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UPDATE JAPANESE CITIZENS AND RETURNING FOREIGN JAPAN RESIDENTS

All people travelling to Japan has to present a negative PCR test taking no earlier than. 72 hours before departure to be able to board the flight. The certificate has to meet the information requirements and test types from the Japanese government.

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000799426.pdf

From the 7th of June, passport number, nationality, signature and stamp from the doctor/medical institution are no longer required.
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It is advisable to upload the documents in advance via the fasttrack flow. For details please see https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/fasttrack/en/

You are required to fill an online arrival form and have a QR code ready when arriving: https://arqs-qa.followup.mhlw.go.jp/#/


From 1st of June the arrival process will be changed. Countries will be grouped in red, yellow, and blue.
  • Group “Red”:On-arrival test is required. 3-day quarantine at a government-designated facility is required, however, those who obtain a valid vaccination certificate may have 5-day home quarantine (or 3-day home quarantine + negative result of a voluntary test) instead.
  • Group “Yellow”:On-arrival test and 5-day home quarantine (or 3-day home quarantine + negative result of a voluntary test) are required, however, those who obtain a valid vaccination certificate are not required to have on-arrival test, home quarantine and other measures.
  • Group “Blue”:Regardless of the vaccination status of the entrants/returnees, on-arrival test, home quarantine and other measures are not required.
Vaccine certificate does require three doses of vaccines.
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Red countries:
Albania, Sierra Leone

Yellow countries:
Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cook Island, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Macau, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, North Korea, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Portugal, Republic of Burundi, Republic of Congo, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Vanuatu, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Solomon, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe

Blue countries:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentine, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’lvoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyz, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Western Sahara, Zambia



For updates to the lists of countries and territories and changes to the rules check the website of the ministry of foreign affairs https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html and ask in the thread for clarifications and experiences of entering Japan.
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Old Feb 24, 22, 5:34 pm
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Honestly something so simple gets cocked up by japan. So so much covid theatre.
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Old Feb 24, 22, 7:11 pm
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fyi: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...vaccine-entry/
Japan said on Thursday that international travelers showing proof of a COVID-19 vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson shot would be allowed into the country and would be eligible for a shorter time in quarantine when border controls are eased next month.
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Old Feb 24, 22, 7:26 pm
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Originally Posted by wunderpit View Post
Wondering if anyone here is planning on going the "foreigner for business" route, from USA or other country.
unfortunately my new company has no office in Japan. A couple months ago I was still planning on moving
back to japan to work in that company’s Chiba office before taking the new job.

not sure i can justify it now if they want proof
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Old Feb 24, 22, 7:56 pm
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So if I'm fully vaccinated and coming from California, there is no quarantine now and I can take public transportation from the airport on arrival?
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Old Feb 24, 22, 8:35 pm
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So if I'm fully vaccinated and coming from California, there is no quarantine now and I can take public transportation from the airport on arrival?
Yes, but fully vaccinated in this context means a booster shot as well. Where many countries still counts fully vaccinated as the first round of inoculation, Japan does not.
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Old Feb 24, 22, 10:44 pm
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer View Post
Yes, but fully vaccinated in this context means a booster shot as well. Where many countries still counts fully vaccinated as the first round of inoculation, Japan does not.
Here is a simple to read link:

https://www.la.us.emb-japan.go.jp/pd...EnterJapan.pdf
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Old Feb 24, 22, 10:53 pm
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer View Post
Yes, but fully vaccinated in this context means a booster shot as well. Where many countries still counts fully vaccinated as the first round of inoculation, Japan does not.
In terms of "public transportation," does anyone know if domestic connecting flights are allowed? In other words, as an example - LAX-HND-ITM... will the Haneda and Itami leg be allowed?
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Old Feb 24, 22, 10:59 pm
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In terms of "public transportation," does anyone know if domestic connecting flights are allowed? In other words, as an example - LAX-HND-ITM... will the Haneda and Itami leg be allowed?
If you have received your third jab, and there are no additional quarantine requirements you should be free to go. But if you have quarantine from not being fully vaccinated in the Japanese sense, it is not entirely clear to me if they allow domestic flights, though logically I don't see why not....
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Old Feb 25, 22, 1:33 am
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https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/c1...4f2a1057bbfc4a

政府は25日、新型コロナウイルスの水際対策を3月1日から緩和するのを前に、外国人の新規入国に必要なオ ンライン申請の受け付けを開始する。

 窓口はこれまで、業種ごとの所管官庁に分かれていたが、厚生労働省に一元化する。

 オンライン申請は25日午前10時から、厚労省が管理する入国者フォローアップシステムで受け付ける。入 国を希望する外国人は、同システムで交付される証明書を在外公館に提示し、査証発給の手続きを行うことにな る。 

On the 25th, the government will start accepting online applications required for new foreigners to enter the country before easing border measures for the new coronavirus from March 1.

Until now, the contact point was divided into the competent authorities for each industry, but it will be unified to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Online applications will be accepted from 10:00 am on the 25th through the immigrant follow-up system managed by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Foreigners who wish to enter the country will present the certificate issued by the system to the diplomatic mission abroad and carry out the procedure for issuing a visa.
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Old Feb 25, 22, 2:07 am
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer View Post
If you have received your third jab, and there are no additional quarantine requirements you should be free to go. But if you have quarantine from not being fully vaccinated in the Japanese sense, it is not entirely clear to me if they allow domestic flights, though logically I don't see why not....
Thanks. That's what I figured as well. I'd prefer not to rent a car at Haneda and drive all the way to Ashiya if it can be avoided.

P.S. - I'm already boosted with Pfizer (got all 3 shots in California), so I should be good to go.
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Old Feb 25, 22, 2:46 am
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I am planning to apply for a 6 months visa/RP based on a CoE (and ERSF) from a Japanese organisation. Do anyone know whether it is currently possible to obtain a visa for dependents (wife, in my case) as well on this basis?
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Finally! Just rebooked our first leg for next winter.
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Old Feb 25, 22, 5:33 am
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer View Post
Yes, but fully vaccinated in this context means a booster shot as well. Where many countries still counts fully vaccinated as the first round of inoculation, Japan does not.
funny, fully vaccined does not mean 3 shots IN JAPAN. More japanese clown show.
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Important to note that "For entry of non-Japanese foreign nationals - entry for purposes other than tourism are allowed." Leisure trips are still not allowed and there is a daily cap of 5000 visitors from abroad, but this is definitely a very significant step in the right direction. Hopefully, things will be opening up by summer time for the rest of us.
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Originally Posted by MSYtoJFKagain View Post
Finally! Just rebooked our first leg for next winter.
I'm currently booked for 2 weeks in early November.. hoping they have border restrictions loosened by then. Already booked my hotel out to beat the rush and potential increased prices.
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