Travel alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo – January 11, 2022

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Strict border rules to continue

On January 11, the government of Japan announced that strict border restrictions prohibiting most foreign nationals from entering Japan will continue at least until the end of February.

All travelers from the United States must comply with a mandatory three or six day quarantine at facilities designated by the Government of Japan. The length of the quarantine period varies depending on the place of origin of the travelers. Rules related to quarantine requirements change often and with little notice. Before leaving, travelers should monitor local information sources, as well as the websites of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Justice, and Department of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 must comply with Japanese government regulations regarding the quarantine period and necessary tests before release from quarantine. The United States Embassy is not in a position to intervene in these cases.

Extended processing times at airports

Due to improved screening measures related to the Omicron COVID-19 variant and the increased number of travelers required to self-quarantine at hotels designated by the Government of Japan, travelers may experience extended wait times upon arrival. .

Convenience store and vending machine options are limited during the customs, immigration, and quarantine process. Travelers may wish to bring importable and non-perishable foods in their carry-on baggage. In addition, travelers should travel with sufficient medication and the needs of infants / toddlers in anticipation of extended wait times at the airport.

Dietary restrictions in quarantine hotels

Food will be provided in hotels designated by the Government of Japan. However, specific requests based on dietary restrictions may not be met. Travelers with dietary restrictions may wish to bring non-perishable foods with them. While some hotels allow delivery from convenience stores, food delivery services, and / or mail order providers, policies may differ by location.

Family accommodation in quarantine hotels

Government-provided hotel rooms are often not large enough for some families. For these types of family groups, be aware that you may be placed in separate rooms, including children. Each traveler’s baggage must be packed separately and must contain all items necessary for quarantine. Rules regarding access to other rooms may differ depending on the location.

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