Date: February 18, 2022
Updated quarantine Period for Japan (Feb. 18 to March 1, 2022)
The Government of Japan announced that, as of February 18, the quarantine period for all travelers arriving in Japan from the United States has been reduced to seven days, the first three of which must be in a government-designated facility. Currently, Japan’s quarantine duration does not take travelers’ vaccination status into account.
Relaxed border restrictions for students and business travelers
The Government of Japan announced on February 17, 2022, that beginning March 1, foreign students, technical trainees, and business travelers will be allowed to enter Japan in limited numbers. Specific details have yet to be published. Those travelers who believe they qualify for travel to Japan based on the new announcement should continue to monitor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website and the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare’s website, or contact the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for additional information. Students and technical trainees should contact their educational institutions directly for guidance and direct visa related inquiries to the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate.
The U.S. Embassy is unable to intervene on travelers’ behalf in the event they are either denied boarding at the point of departure or entry into Japan.
New quarantine policy for approved travelers to Japan
Starting March 1, authorized travelers to Japan from the United States will be eligible for a further-reduced, three-day quarantine period. The three-day quarantine must be completed at a Government of Japan-designated facility. Travelers must complete pre-travel testing, testing upon arrival, and again on day three. In this case, Japan’s quarantine duration does not take travelers’ vaccination status into account.
Travelers from countries where COVID-19 is not spreading rapidly and who are fully vaccinated and boosted may be able to avoid quarantine completely. At this time the United States is not included in this category, but changes may occur at any time.
Currently recognized vaccines in Japan include Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
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