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Status From Japan

Status from Japan

Current Status (October 19)

VACCINATIONS (percentages are of total population)

77.5% – Percentage receiving one dose

71% – Percentage Fully Vaccinated

OVERVIEW

  • The 7-day moving average has been decreasing for the last 62 days in a row. The average has gone down about 99% during that time.
  • The current country-wide 7-day moving average is the lowest it has been in more than 18 months.
  • Japan has begun experimenting with proof of vaccination at restaurants, hotels, sporting events, etc.
  • Japan has arranged to purchase the new Merck oral COVID drug. The first shipments will be arriving before the end of the year.
  • Booster vaccinations will start in December.
  • The rate of first-dose vaccinations has slowed down. The 80% mark may not be reached until November.
  • The fully vaccinated rate has reached the 70% mark.
  • The new PM has announced the new COVID framework for moving on will be completed next month. The new framework will be heavily dependent on vaccinations and testing. People will be required to submit proof of vaccination for many services.
  • Tokyo and Osaka have dropped all COVID restrictions for restaurants including hours of operation and serving alcohol.
  • The government is still recommending the use of masks.
  • International tourists are still not allowed entry to Japan.

ENTRY RESTRICTIONS

In recent weeks, Japan has applied new measures and removed others, with rules varying from country to country. For example, new anti-virus measures range from extended self-isolation periods in government-selected facilities to an entry ban targeting even resident foreign nationals.

The country’s quarantine protocol for arrivals depends on the severity of the pandemic situation at their point of departure or in the places they have recently visited.

Japan has three types of extra measures included in its standard two-week quarantine period.

  • For arrivals from countries with new coronavirus variants where the spread of COVID-19 is relatively under control: self-isolation for three days in government-designated facilities and testing for COVID-19 at the end of their stay.
  • For arrivals from countries where new, more deadly variants have been discovered: self-isolation for six days in designated facilities and two rounds of testing. Those who test negative on the sixth day are allowed to self-quarantine at home or elsewhere for the remainder of the 14-day period.
  • For arrivals from India and some of its neighboring countries: a total entry ban for all foreign nationals, including those with valid residence status in Japan. Japanese citizens are allowed to re-enter but are required to spend 10 days in government-designated facilities and take three COVID-19 tests.

Expenses for stays at designated facilities are covered by the government and include three meals per day.

All arrivals are required to self-isolate for 14 days after entering the country and are required to report their health condition and whereabouts. Fully vaccinated Japanese citizens and foreign residents will only have to quarantine for 10 days regardless of where they are coming from.

All arrivals are prohibited from using public transportation during the 14-day quarantine period, except for special train cars on certain lines. Their travel options include the use of a rental car or specially designated taxis to get to their accommodations for the self-isolation period.

During the two-week period, people who self-isolate at home or other facilities of their choice are allowed to go out for essential purposes, such as buying groceries and other necessities, but are asked to limit their outings. Such outings are not permitted for those who are required to stay in government-designated facilities.

People who do not comply with the quarantine measures may face penalties, such as having their names or other personal information disclosed publicly. Foreign nationals who break the rules can lose their residence status.

Aside from border control measures, the revised Quarantine Act says that those who test positive and refuse to be hospitalized may face a maximum ¥1 million fine or up to a year in prison.

Those who refuse to answer or provide false information to health authorities could be slapped with a maximum fine of ¥500,000 or face jail time of up to six months.