Starting January 15, 2022 at midnight, the Japanese government announced that all entrants into Japan will be subject to 10 day self-quarantine measures. This is a notable reduction from the 14 day quarantine measures that have been reinstated since November 30, 2021. Additional details on the shortened quarantine measures, including the impact on existing mandatory hotel quarantine measures for travelers from certain countries, are to be announced in the coming days. Howeveras previously discussed the entry ban and restrictions on foreign entry will remain in place through February 28, 2022.

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Due to the ongoing prevalence of the Omicron variant, the Japanese government announced that the ban on foreign entry into Japan will continue through the end of February. As previously discussed, the entry restrictions were re-implemented at the end of November 2021 due to the rise of the Omicron variant globally. Under the current entry restrictions, foreign travelers are banned in principle from entering Japan regardless of travel purpose or vaccination status. Visa applications will remain suspended and valid new visa holders will also be prevented from entry into the country.

The entry restrictions may be extended further depending on the COVID-19 infection rates domestically and internationally. Restriction measures are subject to further changes and updates as well. Please refer to the following page for the most up-to-date information on the entry restrictions and quarantine measures by country and US state.

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Due to the emergence of the Omicron variant, effective November 30, 2021 all new foreign travelers are in principle banned from entering Japan.  This ban on foreign entry will be effective for a month and may be extended further depending on the infection rates in Japan and globally.  Visa applications and valid new visa holders are also prevented from entering the country.

The recent measures to allow entry into the country for business travel and reduce quarantine to three days have also been suspended.  All travelers, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, are now required to quarantine for 14 days.  Daily permitted entry into the country has also been reduced from 5,000 travelers (which was announced just this past Friday) back down to 3,500 travelers.

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2021年11月6日

11月5日に官報(Federal Register)で公告[1]された、米労働省・労働安全衛生管理局(OSHA)の、コロナウイルス・ワクチン接種及びウィルス検査[2]に関する緊急暫定基準(ETS)[3]の主要なポイント及び留意点は以下の通りです。より詳細な解説(英文)は以下のリンクをご覧ください。https://www.mayerbrown.com/-/media/files/perspectives-events/publications/2021/11/osha-issues-emergency-temporary-standard-on-mandatory-covid19.pdf

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As previously reported, starting November 8 the Japanese government will begin permitting entry into the country for business purposes of fully vaccinated foreign travelers.  Such foreign travelers and all Japanese nationals will only be subject to a three-day self-quarantine.  The requirements for business travel have not yet been formally announced, but as per a recent Nikkei article some of the expected requirements include the host company of a foreign traveler being responsible for complying with protocols for infection prevention and submitting an implementation plan to relevant governmental authorities.  More details are expected to be announced in the coming days.

While certain other individuals such as international students and technical trainees will also be permitted to enter Japan starting November 8, tourists will remain prohibited from entering the country.

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The Japanese government is reportedly in the process of finally opening its borders to foreign travel for short-term business travelers, international students and persons with technical skills.  Vaccinated Japanese and foreign travelers will reportedly be subject to a three-day quarantine, substantially shorter than the current 10 day quarantine measures in place for all entrants into the country. Specific conditions and details are expected to be announced soon.  See the recently published Nikkei article for additional information.

The above measures are expected to come into effect this month.  As discussed previously, the Japanese government has continued to, in principle, ban foreign entry into the country and restrict the issuance of visas.  With the number of COVID-19 infections continuing to rapidly decline, it is hoped that the existing COVID-19 restrictions will continue to be reduced, although some commentators have voiced concerns of another COVID-19 resurgence.

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With dramatic declines in COVID-19 infections, Japan is removing domestic business restrictions.  Despite calls by influential business circles to reopen Japan to foreign business travelers, the country remains largely closed to all foreigners and entry for even business purposes remains in principle suspended.  For example, over 370,000 foreign nationals with Japanese government-issued precertification for entry into Japan (as of October 1, 2021) remain unable to enter the country.  Visa issuance is also extremely limited.  As most developed countries have reopened their borders and with a new prime minister now in place, it remains to be seen how the Japanese government will respond to pressures to resuscitate international business stymied by COVID-19.  Currently, 10 day quarantine measures upon entry into the country are in effect for all Japanese nationals and other entrants regardless of vaccination status.

Please see the recent article published by Nikkei Asia for more information.

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The Japanese government has continued strict entry restrictions for essentially all foreigners due to COVID-19. At the same time, there have been heated debates amongst government officials and Japanese business groups on whether and how to loosen the entry restrictions for business travel, which have impacted both global business and the Japanese economy since the restrictions first came into effect. While the national emergency declaration has been extended to the end of September for many regions in Japan, the country’s high vaccination rates and declining surge of delta variant infection rates have added to this debate.

On September 6, the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) issued a set of proposals calling for, among other items, exemption from the mandatory 14 day quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers and an overall decrease in length of quarantine to 10 days regardless of vaccination status (available here in Japanese). Indications are that these recommendations may be accepted. Although a small step, the Japanese government is taking measures to ease entry into Japan while closely monitoring COVID-19 infection rates and public opinion.

Currently, all entrants into Japan (regardless of nationality or vaccination status) are subject to a 14 day quarantine which, depending on an individual’s travel history for the 14 days prior to arrival into Japan, includes a mandatory government-designated quarantine for a certain number of days. The “business track” entry into Japan from certain countries remains suspended and the issuance of new visas has largely continued to be halted as well.

Please check the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the most recent updates on which countries and US states are subject to which quarantine measures.

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Starting October 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require applicants for a US green card or immigrant visa to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine, in addition to receiving all other previously required vaccines. Applicants must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination with all required doses as part of their medical examinations, whether conducted in the US or abroad.

Here are some key points to keep in mind in anticipation of this new policy:

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In response to COVID-19 outbreaks, some Australian states and territories have enacted new restrictions and closed their borders. These restrictions include mandatory quarantines, COVID-19 tests, and the completion of either declaration or registration forms. Australia has remained closed to international travelers, unless you are an Australia citizen, resident, immediate family member, or meet a specified exemption. If returning home to Australia or if an exception is met, travelers from oversees, with the exception of travelers from New Zealand who meet eligibility criteria, are required to quarantine at their port of arrival for 14 days at a government-designated accommodation.  Continue reading on Mayer Brown’s The Mobile Workforce blog.

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