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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo – February 10, 2022
February 10, 2022

Extended Quasi-State of Emergency

In response to the continued high number of COVID-19 cases, the Japanese government has announced an extension of the quasi-state of emergencies for Tokyo and 12 other prefectures. The previously declared quasi-state of emergency for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Gunma, Niigata, Kagawa, Aichi, Mie, Gifu, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki prefectures will now remain in effect through March 6.

The Japanese government has also announced that measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kochi prefecture will be ineffect from February 12through March 6.

The previously declared quasi-state of emergency for Hokkaido, Aomori, Yamagata, Fukushima, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Nagano, Shizuoka, Ishikawa, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Okayama, Shimane, Fukuoka, Oita, Saga and Kagoshima will remain in effect from January 27through February 20.

The previously declared quasi-states of emergency for Yamaguchi, Hiroshima and Okinawa prefectures (excluding Tarama Village and Miyakojima) has been extended and will remain in effect until February 20.

The number of prefectures in Japan under a quasi-state of emergency may change with little or no notice.

The quasi-state of emergency allows prefectural governments to impose targeted measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Residents of these areas are encouraged to monitor local news media for specific details on possible restrictions.

U.S. citizens are urged to follow all national and prefectural COVID-related guidance to protect their health. Additionally, U.S. citizens should follow safety recommendations made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Home Care Support in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has established a “Home Care Support Center” to monitor the health of people under 50 who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are recovering at home. The hotline is 24/7 and is available in English by calling 01-2067-0440.

Tokyo and Osaka Areas – Availability of COVID Recovery Facilities

U.S. citizens residing in Tokyo who have tested positive for COVID-19, but are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, may apply to stay at a recovery facility free of charge. Contact the Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health online, or call 03-5320-5997 for more information. English language services are available.

U.S. citizens residing in Osaka may contact the nearest public health care center in Osaka for information and arrangements.

Updated Travel Advisory for Japan

On February 9, the Department of State raised the Travel Advisory for Japan to level four, “Do Not Travel.” This adjustment was based on high COVID-19 levels in Japan as determined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

No additional entry restrictions have been implemented in recent weeks for travel to Japan or travel from Japan to the United States. Travelers to Japan must continue to comply with the Government of Japan’s very strict entry and quarantine measures. Travelers to the United States must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within one day of their flight.

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