UPDATED TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR JAPAN AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
NEW QUARANTINE POLICY FOR US BUSINESS TRAVELERS TO JAPAN
The government of Japan has announced that effective November 8, 2021, fully vaccinated business travelers will be able to travel to Japan and be eligible for a reduced quarantine period of three days. Vaccines currently recognized in Japan include the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines. Details of the new policy are subject to change with little notice. Travelers who believe they can travel under the new policy should contact the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for additional information.
This policy does not apply to non-residents seeking to travel for tourism, family or other non-commercial purposes.
Before applying for a short-term business visa, each traveler will need to obtain a “responsible stakeholder” to sponsor them during their stay in Japan. The “responsible stakeholder” must first seek approval from the relevant Japanese ministry. Following ministry approval, the “responsible stakeholder” will communicate directly with the traveler to proceed with the business visa application.
Once a short-term business visa has been issued, business travelers will need to:
- Perform pre-travel COVID testing using MOFA and MHLW approved methods
- Provide proof of vaccination upon entry to Japan
- Comprehensive COVID-19 tests at the airport
- Comply with all entry requirements
- Provide proof of medical insurance while in Japan, sponsorship documents, written pledge, and approved business plan
- Self-quarantine for three days in a hotel or private residence, and
- Perform additional COVID-19 tests after day three
Once the test results are verified, immigration authorities will allow travelers to continue with their pre-approved travel plans. Further details are posted (in Japanese) on the website of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Travelers will be required to keep copies of vaccination records with them.
Details of the types of activities allowed after the fourth day, including the types of transportation allowed and what to do if you feel unwell are available (in Japanese) on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
UPDATING THE TRAVEL POLICY FOR RETURNING RESIDENTS RETURNING TO JAPAN AFTER A BUSINESS TRIP
Fully vaccinated Japanese citizens and foreign residents of Japan returning to Japan after a business trip will be eligible for a reduced quarantine period of three days. Details are posted (in Japanese) on the website of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
UPDATED TRAVEL POLICY FOR STUDENTS, TECHNICAL TRAINEES AND OTHERS ENTERING JAPAN
Under Japan’s new policy, effective November 8, 2021, foreign students, technical trainees, and certain new long-term residents may be allowed to enter Japan.
Like business travelers, the sponsoring “responsible stakeholder” will seek approval from the relevant ministry. After ministry approval, the “responsible stakeholder” will contact the traveler directly to proceed with the appropriate visa application. Travelers who believe they are eligible under the updated policy should contact their school or sponsoring organization directly for additional information. Travelers will be required to comply with all testing and quarantine requirements.
NEW VACCINE AND TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES
As of November 8, all non-citizen, non-immigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa) air passengers traveling to the United States must present proof of vaccination as defined by the Executive Order of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before boarding an aircraft bound for the United States. More details on what constitutes a full vaccination can be found on this page of the CDC website.
Fully vaccinated travelers will continue to be required to test negative prior to departure within three days of travel to the United States prior to boarding. This applies to all travelers – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals. To further strengthen protections, unvaccinated travelers – whether they are U.S. citizens, LPRs, or the small number of unvaccinated foreign nationals excepted – will now need to be tested within one day of departure.
TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES: CHILDREN BETWEEN 2 AND 17 YEARS OLD
U.S. citizens and LPR children between the ages of two and 17 can board a flight to the United States with a negative COVID-19 viral test prior to departure from a sample taken no more than three days prior to departure. they travel accompanied by fully vaccinated parents. or tutors.
If you are traveling alone or if one or more of the parents or guardians accompanying the child is not fully vaccinated, the child must present a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test on a sample taken no later than one day before the departure.
TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES: CHILDREN UNDER 2 YEARS OF AGE
While children under the age of two are not required to take a test, the CDC recommends pre-departure testing for these children whenever possible.
Additional information can be found on the CDC website.
Passengers will need to show their vaccination status and airlines will need to:
- Match the name and date of birth to confirm that the passenger is the same person listed on the proof of vaccination.
- Determine that the record was issued by an official source (eg, public health body, government agency) in the country where the vaccine was administered.
- Review essential information to determine if the passenger meets the CDC’s definition to be fully immunized, such as vaccine product, number of vaccine doses received, date (s) of administration, site (for example, vaccination clinic, health facility) vaccination.
- Deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements or to those who test positive for COVID-19.
For more information or if you have specific questions, please contact your airline and visit the CDC website.
ACTIONS TO TAKE:
- Watch the CDC website for the latest guidance on testing requirements.
- Check with your airline or travel representative before leaving for the United States.
- Visit the COVID-19 country-specific information pages for updated information on COVID-19 related to test availability.
- Visit travel.state.gov for individual travel advisories on the most pressing safety and security threats.
- Click here for our United States Travel FAQs.
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