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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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The requirement for pre-departure test will be removed for passengers on flights landing after the 7th of September 00:00 provided that they have received a full bases vaccination and a booster vaccination. Accepted vaccines are Moderna, Pfizer, Astra, Zeneca, J&J, Novavax, Covaxin.

Uploading documents in advance via the mysos app or via the mysos website is required. For details please see https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/en/


The arrival process is as follows. 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 dlvoire, 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 Aug 25, 22, 3:05 am
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This tweet today from Taro Kono seems like good news:

As of 00:00 on September 7, if you have been vaccinated three times, you do not need to be PCR-tested to enter Japan. Next the daily limit on the number of incoming passengers, then, visa waiver.


It's the first time I've seen "visa waiver" mentioned by a Japanese official.
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Old Aug 25, 22, 6:16 am
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This seems like an outside chance but would it be smart to reach out to the hotels I'm booked into for January to see if they can facilitate setting up a tour to cover my itinerary?
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Old Aug 25, 22, 6:37 am
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Originally Posted by MSYtoJFKagain View Post
This seems like an outside chance but would it be smart to reach out to the hotels I'm booked into for January to see if they can facilitate setting up a tour to cover my itinerary?
It's 5 months away, no doubt the rules will change several times between now and then. The hotels probably won't know any more than we do, so I'd say there's no point contacting them about it right now.
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Old Aug 25, 22, 6:38 am
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Originally Posted by MSYtoJFKagain View Post
This seems like an outside chance but would it be smart to reach out to the hotels I'm booked into for January to see if they can facilitate setting up a tour to cover my itinerary?
In my opinion there's never harm in asking since the worst they can say is they can't help you with that.
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Old Aug 25, 22, 7:39 am
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Originally Posted by MSYtoJFKagain View Post
This seems like an outside chance but would it be smart to reach out to the hotels I'm booked into for January to see if they can facilitate setting up a tour to cover my itinerary?
Is this something that hotels would concern themselves with? Not a travel agent?
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Old Aug 25, 22, 8:41 am
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Originally Posted by Xenochria View Post
Is this something that hotels would concern themselves with? Not a travel agent?
I would think facilitating a way to get guests into Japan to stay at their hotels would be right at the top of the list of their concerns.
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Old Aug 25, 22, 8:43 am
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Originally Posted by MSYtoJFKagain View Post
I would think facilitating a way to get guests into Japan to stay at their hotels would be right at the top of the list of their concerns.
Will they start flying planes as well?
They are hotels, not travel agents.I think the chances are very slim.
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Old Aug 25, 22, 8:55 am
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Originally Posted by MSYtoJFKagain View Post
I would think facilitating a way to get guests into Japan to stay at their hotels would be right at the top of the list of their concerns.
Originally Posted by Denis Carlin View Post
Will they start flying planes as well?
They are hotels, not travel agents.I think the chances are very slim.
It has been heard of in other countries that hotels could facilitate tourist visa applications. So I don't see as a far flung thought that they could start in Japan as well if the tourist visa thing continues to be a thing for many of the now suspended visa waiver countries.... Though currently the process does very clearly say registered travel agents, so there would need to be a rule change, or the hotels would need to make a lot of effort to get there.
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Old Aug 25, 22, 8:58 am
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer View Post
It has been heard of in other countries that hotels could facilitate tourist visa applications. So I don't see as a far flung thought that they could start in Japan as well if the tourist visa thing continues to be a thing for many of the now suspended visa waiver countries.... Though currently the process does very clearly say registered travel agents, so there would need to be a rule change, or the hotels would need to make a lot of effort to get there.
I don't think it needs to be quite so complicated. A hotel could simply partner with an RTA and direct their guests there to facilitate creating a "tour" for them and charge a fee. Seems like a very logical and easily profitable step to take.
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Old Aug 25, 22, 10:08 am
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Great timing on the pre departure test elimination.
Perhaps the most positive impact from this change will be the disappearance of those overpriced cash-only COVID test clinics that have taken advantage of the strict Japanese documentation requirement.
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Old Aug 25, 22, 10:42 am
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Originally Posted by musehead View Post
This tweet today from Taro Kono seems like good news:



It's the first time I've seen "visa waiver" mentioned by a Japanese official.
I hate when they use the term three doses. Leaves those of us that got J&J in the dust waiting on clarification even though I believe in the past Japan has considered it two doses.
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Old Aug 25, 22, 10:33 pm
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Originally Posted by izzik View Post
Great timing on the pre departure test elimination.
Perhaps the most positive impact from this change will be the disappearance of those overpriced cash-only COVID test clinics that have taken advantage of the strict Japanese documentation requirement.
Ugh -tell me about it - my wife and I pay $250 each visit to our "Japanese" testing facility that fills out the government form in Japanese properly every time -- and leaves you alone to do your own swab -- because of course if you are Japanese you would do it properly in private lol ... Total money grab and no doubt a boon to small businesses proving "COVID tests" around the world lol.... My wife is flying on the 7th on JAL from NYC to Tokyo to our home -- I hope their systems are updated so she can check in!
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Old Aug 25, 22, 10:39 pm
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Originally Posted by bmwe92fan View Post
Ugh -tell me about it - my wife and I pay $250 each visit to our "Japanese" testing facility that fills out the government form in Japanese properly every time -- and leaves you alone to do your own swab -- because of course if you are Japanese you would do it properly in private lol ... Total money grab and no doubt a boon to small businesses proving "COVID tests" around the world lol.... My wife is flying on the 7th on JAL from NYC to Tokyo to our home -- I hope their systems are updated so she can check in!
Oh, that's a good point. We're departing on the 6th, arrive in Tokyo on the 7th and MIGHT be able to get a trip planned to get the ERFS in on time... but we'll likely still have to take the test, won't we? Booger.
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Old Aug 25, 22, 10:57 pm
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Oh, that's a good point. We're departing on the 6th, arrive in Tokyo on the 7th and MIGHT be able to get a trip planned to get the ERFS in on time... but we'll likely still have to take the test, won't we? Booger.
I would say if you are not on a Japanese airline it's going to be a risk -- and probably even if you are -- trying to keep up with all of the global changes that occur every day is admittedly a tough task... IIRC correctly the change begins at 00:00 on the 7th -- which is 11:00 on the 6th US EST - so technically if you originate before that on the 6th -- yeah it's still required....And if you can't get ERFS approval the test is the least of your worries lol...
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Old Aug 25, 22, 11:08 pm
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Originally Posted by bmwe92fan View Post
I would say if you are not on a Japanese airline it's going to be a risk -- and probably even if you are -- trying to keep up with all of the global changes that occur every day is admittedly a tough task... IIRC correctly the change begins at 00:00 on the 7th -- which is 11:00 on the 6th US EST - so technically if you originate before that on the 6th -- yeah it's still required....And if you can't get ERFS approval the test is the least of your worries lol...
We'd be leaving Canada for LAX at 6:30am Mtn time, then around 4:30pm LAX we fly out to Haneda. We land just after 9pm Tokyo time on the 7th...
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