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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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Coronavirus impact in Japan [consolidated]

Old Aug 29, 22, 5:51 am
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Originally Posted by Denis Carlin View Post
I just looked on the Airport Website and it looks like Ippudo Ramen is the only Japanese restaurant open after security in terminal 1, that will have to do
There's also a 7-11 which was the only thing open when I was transiting through there in the evening back in May, which was fine by me because I hadn't had the pleasure of visiting a Japanese conbini in years. Ippudo would obviously be better quality but technically it's available in the US while Japanese 7-11 isn't
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Old Aug 29, 22, 7:11 am
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I had lunch at the NRT Ippudo recently and took a photo of the menu in case any of you are curious. In addition to the Ippudo and 711, there are also vending machines including one selling ice cream.



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Old Aug 29, 22, 7:33 am
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I had lunch at the NRT Ippudo recently and took a photo of the menu in case any of you are curious. In addition to the Ippudo and 711, there are also vending machines including one selling ice cream.


Thanks a lot!
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Old Aug 29, 22, 7:42 am
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95K cases reported today, 50K below last Monday (and Sunday was also around 50K below the prior Sunday). I know it is sometimes unpopular on this thread to be optimistic, but the sky did seemingly not fall due to Obon travel....
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Old Aug 29, 22, 7:46 am
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer View Post
95K cases reported today, 50K below last Monday (and Sunday was also around 50K below the prior Sunday). I know it is sometimes unpopular on this thread to be optimistic, but the sky did seemingly not fall due to Obon travel....
Good news for sure, hard to be optimistic on the reaction though
I can't help but think there will be a few repeats of the leaked "mulling over xxx" before announcing small steps cycle to come over the following months, then maybe we get a proper unrestricted tourism announcement.
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Old Aug 29, 22, 7:52 am
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My 2 cents, I would avoid visiting or even transiting thru Japan. The Govt and the people have made it clear that they do not want visitors, tourists etc. My desire to visit Japan has been declining rapiidly over the past few weeks and I will probably eliminate it permanently if things go on like this for another month. Why not travel to a place where they actually welcome you as a tourist !!! I do believe Hailstorm when he says that most Japanese do not want tourists to vist. If his point of view was not dominant ,they would have reopened last year..
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Old Aug 29, 22, 7:56 am
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Originally Posted by Tilto007 View Post
My 2 cents, I would avoid visiting or even transiting thru Japan. The Govt and the people have made it clear that they do not want visitors, tourists etc. My desire to visit Japan has been declining rapiidly over the past few weeks and I will probably eliminate it permanently if things go on like this for another month. Why not travel to a place where they actually welcome you as a tourist !!! I do believe Hailstorm when he says that most Japanese do do want tourists to vist. If his point of view was not dominant ,they would have reopened last year..
Ya. I'm kind of starting to feel this way also. Although at least you know where you stand.
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Old Aug 29, 22, 8:07 am
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Originally Posted by Tilto007 View Post
My 2 cents, I would avoid visiting or even transiting thru Japan. The Govt and the people have made it clear that they do not want visitors, tourists etc. My desire to visit Japan has been declining rapiidly over the past few weeks and I will probably eliminate it permanently if things go on like this for another month. Why not travel to a place where they actually welcome you as a tourist !!! I do believe Hailstorm when he says that most Japanese do do want tourists to vist. If his point of view was not dominant ,they would have reopened last year..
Assuming a population is completely behind their government, especially a country with so low political engagement is foolish IMO.
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Old Aug 29, 22, 8:26 am
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Originally Posted by Tilto007 View Post
My 2 cents, I would avoid visiting or even transiting thru Japan. The Govt and the people have made it clear that they do not want visitors, tourists etc. My desire to visit Japan has been declining rapiidly over the past few weeks and I will probably eliminate it permanently if things go on like this for another month. Why not travel to a place where they actually welcome you as a tourist !!! I do believe Hailstorm when he says that most Japanese do do want tourists to vist. If his point of view was not dominant ,they would have reopened last year..
I doubt it is a majority, but it may very well be a majority of the people voting. Which is, however, what is important for the politicians seeking personal power.

If you look at the percentage of people voting for the upper house election in July this year, it was 52.05%. OW of course by not voting you leave to others to decide and kind of loose your right to complain, but to assume a majority of Japan agree with their government is maybe not accurate, but by not caring enough to vote, they effectively does agree with their government.
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Old Aug 29, 22, 8:51 am
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Exactly, not voting is effectively saying "I'm ok with this, everything is fine".
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Old Aug 29, 22, 8:53 am
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In the case of Japan, it is saying "I don't care as you're all the same and there is no opposition, LDP will win anyway so there's no point".
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Old Aug 29, 22, 8:59 am
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Originally Posted by Denis Carlin View Post
Assuming a population is completely behind their government, especially a country with so low political engagement is foolish IMO.
sure. But this is a pretty big display of something which was otherwise more limited. I mean, you have always needed to be born in Japan to both Japanese parents to be truly Japanese and you were ostracized to varying degrees depending on how far off the spectrum you were. Much to the chagrin of many who think they can crack that nut......news flash....you can't. But it is just another example of the disdain for foreigners. Again to varying degrees depending on where you are from and your skin color.
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Old Aug 29, 22, 11:17 am
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sure. But this is a pretty big display of something which was otherwise more limited. I mean, you have always needed to be born in Japan to both Japanese parents to be truly Japanese and you were ostracized to varying degrees depending on how far off the spectrum you were. Much to the chagrin of many who think they can crack that nut......news flash....you can't. But it is just another example of the disdain for foreigners. Again to varying degrees depending on where you are from and your skin color.
Why do you want to go to a country where the entire population is racist and xenophobic?
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Old Aug 29, 22, 11:20 am
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Why do you want to go to a country where the entire population is racist and xenophobic?
The entire population is racist now? All 125 million of them?

Meanwhile, you are still here every day posting in a thread specifically about said country.
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Old Aug 29, 22, 11:21 am
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The entire population is racist now? All 125 million of them?

Meanwhile, you are still here every day posting in a thread specifically about said country.
No, not at all but that's what a few of the posters above seem to believe.
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