Japanese Border Will Open in March But Not For Tourist

Japanese Border Will Open in March But Not For Tourist

The Japanese government is now deliberating over border restrictions after the sixth Covid-19 wave that has hit the country. 

“We hope to gradually increase international travel while taking into consideration the infection situation at home and abroad, as well as the demand of Japanese returnees,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at a House of Councillors Budget Committee session.

Japan’s borders will still be closed to tourists. From the beginning of March, only foreign residents, business travellers, and international students will be allowed to enter. 

The daily cap on the number of new arrivals will be increased from the current 3,500 to 5,000.

For those who can enter Japan, you would need to prepare these certificates and documents:

  • A Covid-19 test certificate – within 72 hours of departure,
  • A signed copy of the Written Pledge,
  • And a completed questionnaire that’s administered by the Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare

At present, Japan only recognises the Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines. And, from 1 March, Johnson & Johnson will also be approved for arrival into Japan.

Quarantine For Arrivals

There will also no longer be a three-day isolation period from travellers who test negative for Covid-19, from countries like:

  • Australia
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • The Philippines
  • The US

The quarantine period will be cut from the current six days to three for travellers from 37 countries.

Quarantine requirements are as follows:

  • If you are from one of the 37 countries on the list and have not received a booster shot, a three-day quarantine at a designated facility and a negative test on the third day is required.
  • If you are from one of 37 countries and have received a booster shot, a three-day quarantine at home or a venue of your choosing and a negative test on the third day is required. If you don’t take a test, you need to be quarantined for seven days.
  • If you are not from one of the 37 countries and have not received a booster shot, a three-day quarantine at home or a venue of your choosing and a negative test on the third day is required. If you don’t take a test, you need to be quarantined for seven days.
  • If you are not from one of the 37 countries and have received a booster shot, you will be exempted from quarantine.

Countries designated as omicron hot spots:

AlbaniaIranPeru
BangladeshIraqRussia
Brazil (Sao Paulo and Parana)JordanSaudi Arabia
CambodiaLebanonSingapore
CanadaMaldivesSouth Korea
DenmarkMexicoSri Lanka
EgyptMongoliaSweden
FranceMyanmarSwitzerland
GermanyNepalTurkey
IsraelNorwayUnited Arab Emirates
IndiaOmanUnited Kingdom
IndonesiaPakistanUzbekistan
Italy

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