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Status From Japan

Status from Japan

Current Status (September 21)

VACCINATIONS (percentages are of total population)

67% – Percentage receiving one dose

55% – Percentage Fully Vaccinated

OVERVIEW

  • The 7-day moving average has been decreasing for the last 27 days in a row. The average has gone down about 75% during that time.
  • The Astro Zenaca vaccine has been approved for use in Japan in addition to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines already approved and being used. The approximately 53,000 doses of the Astro Zeneca vaccine currently in stock has been sent to those prefectures currently under a state of emergency to help increase the number of vaccinations in those prefectures.
  • Vaccination sites were setup in Tokyo and Osaka specifically for young adults between the ages of 19 to 39. Each of these sites will be administering about 22,000 vaccinations per day.
  • The coronavirus countermeasures advisory board has been meeting since July. Now that sufficient numbers of the vaccines have been distributed, the board is advising that restrictions start to be eased. The final details could be finalized as soon as October or November. The continued use of facial coverings is still recommended.
  • It has been recommended that the quarantine period for international arrivals be reduced from 14 days to 10 days. This only applies to Japanese citizens and foreign residents who have been full vaccinated with a vaccine approved for use in Japan (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca)
  • The number of serious cases is still very high in Tokyo prefecture and country-wide.
  • No changes to the entry restrictions. International tourists are 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 Indai 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.

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.