Covid-19: The Current Situation in Japan and Countermeasures

Poste date: Friday, June 3, 2022

This is a summary of the Japanese government’s response to Covid-19 and the countermeasures taken. In this article you can learn about the situations regarding immigration, socio-economic activities, schools, and more. We hope this information will be helpful for those who are planning on moving or returning to Japan. Since the situation changes daily, please check the latest information on each of the websites linked throughout the article below.


What's New? ( June 3 )

1) Current Cases in Japan
2) Quarantine Measures


Current Restrictions in Japan

Quasi-state of emergency (Pre-emergency measures) has been lifted throughout Japan.

Coronavirus Vaccinations

Please read: Cabinet Public Relations Office

You can also call Covid-19 Vaccine Call Centre in English.

TEL: 0120-761770 (calls are free of charge)

Hours: 9:00 - 21:00

Current Numbers of Covid-19 Cases in Japan

Updated on June 3 according to Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
New PCR Positive Cases: +20,675 | Serious Cases: -6 | New Death:  +24

Restrictions on Entry to Japan

The situation is constantly changing. Please refer to the following websites for the latest information or contact the embassy.

 

All travelers including Japanese nationals have to submit a certificate of negative test result conducted within 72 hours prior to departing from the country/region where travelers stay when entering Japan. Those who do not submit a certificate of negative test result will be denied entry into Japan in accordance with the Quarantine Act. Airline companies will reject boarding those without one. Please consult with Embassies or Consulates or Consular Office of Japan in case it is truly difficult to obtain the certificate of negative test result.

Quarantine measures: Review on the on-arrival COVID-19 test and the home quarantine period after entry into Japan 
From 0:00 am (JST) on June 1, 2022, based on the New Border Measures (28), on-arrival test, self-quarantine period and place of accommodation after entry into Japan may be changed according to the grouping (“Red”, “Yellow” and “Blue” categories) of the countries/regions in which the entrants stayed within 14 days before the day of return to Japan or the day of application for landing on Japan and whether they obtain a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

Based on the New Border Measures (29), from June 10, 2022, foreign nationals who apply for new entry into Japan based on either of the following categories (1), (2) or (3) below are regarded as those with “special exceptional circumstances” and are allowed for new entry into Japan in principle, if the receiving organizations located in Japan complete prescribed applications in the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS).

(1) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) for purposes including business and employment (continued from March 1)

(2) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay for tourism (only when a travel agency among others organizing the trip serves as the receiving organization of the entrants) (start from June10) (New)

(3) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a long-term stay (continued from March 1)

 

The quarantine procedures that apply to you are determined by where you stayed before to entering Japan and whether you obtained a third vaccine dosage. Please check to see if you are subject to any quarantine restrictions on the website below.
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/en/

 

Bookmark this page below as the situation changes frequently.
Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Quarantine measures

 

For all cross-border travelers and returnees from countries/regions where the B.1.1.529 Omicron variant becomes dominant (all countries/regions except for those where COVID-19 variants other than the Omicron variant become dominant), whether on-arrival test is required, the length of period when they are required to self-quarantine in places such as their own residence or accommodation after their entry into Japan, to follow-up health checks conducted by the Health Monitoring Center for Overseas Entrants (HCO) and to refrain from using public transportation (hereinafter referred to as “home quarantine”) will be determined according to the grouping (“Red”, “Yellow” and “Blue” categories) of the countries/regions in which the entrants stayed before the day of return to Japan or the day of application for landing on Japan and whether they obtain a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate (One of the requirements is having received 3 doses of specific vaccines) as shown in the list below.

 

RED

Albania, Fiji, Pakistan, Sierra Leone

YELLOW

Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cook Island, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Federated States of Micronesia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Macau, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, North Korea, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Portugal, Republic of Burundi, Republic of Congo, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Vanuatu, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Solomon, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zimbabwe

BLUE

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentine, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’lvoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyz, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia

Vaccination certificates

For certificates issued in a foreign country, all of (1) to (3) must be complied with.

(1) The following information must be written in Japanese or English.
Name, date of birth, vaccine name or manufacturer, date of vaccination, number of vaccinations

(2) It must show that the applicant has received two doses of any of the vaccines listed below and a third or subsequent dose of Pfizer or Moderna.

Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Janssen

(3) Vaccination certificate issued by the government or other public institution.

Details:
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000903661.pdf

Use of public transport after arrival

The use of public transport is permitted during the period of self-isolation if you are traveling to your home  / other facilities within 24 hours of arrival. There is also Airport Limousine available.

Airport PCR Center

For people who leave Japan and require a coronavirus testing before departure, there is a coronavirus testing center at Narita Airport . At Narita Airport PCR Center, departing travelers are able to obtain a negative test result certificate within 2 hours (until the end of November it could take up to 6 hours since the new PCR laboratory has to be ready). If you make an appointment, the cost would be ¥39,800 for a test and a negative certificate, and it is ¥46,500 without appointment. Anyone can take the test however, those who have the symptom of the covid-19 (such as a fever or cough) are not accepted.

Socio-Economic Activities in Japan

There is a restriction for big events over certain number of people, other than that it depends on the region as mentioned above (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama declared a state of emergency).

Restaurants and Bars

Some restaurants and bars are requested to shorten their opening hours (it depends on the region).

Schools

Public Schools and Private Schools

The regulation varies depending on the local government (for public schools) and on the private school itself however, all schools have reopened.

International Schools

The countermeasures taken depend on the school however all the listed schools below have reopened for the new semester. Most of the schools have still been accepting new students for the new semester and you can also find schools that offer virtual school tours.

International Schools (Tokyo, Yokohama)

The current status of each school. Please contact them for further details.

Canadian International School School Calendar
Chiyoda International School School Calendar
International School of the Sacred Heart School Calendar
K International School School Calendar
Seisen International School School Calendar
Shinagawa International School School Calendar
St. Mary’s International School School Calendar
St. Maur International School School Calendar
The American School in Japan School Calendar
The British School in Tokyo School Calendar
Tokyo International School School Calendar
Yokohama International School School Calendar

Municipal offices

They are open as usual.

Transportation

Trains

Running as usual

Shinkansen

Running as usual (in some areas there are less Shinkansen running than usual)

Flights

For both international and domestic flights, some flights are suspended, reduced, or have had their schedules changed.

More Information Related to Covid-19

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