JAPANESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF NEW YORK, INC. (JCCI) TO APPEAL FOR MODIFICATION OF BORDER MEASURES UPON ENTRY TO JAPAN
In accordance with the Japanese government-regulated COVID-19 border measures, all cross-border travelers and returnees are requested to stay for 14 days at an accommodation (registered location of isolation) or their home. As of October 1, 2021, the 14-day quarantine period can be shortened to 10 days for those who have been fully inoculated against COVID-19 if they undergo another PCR or quantitative antigen test voluntarily on or after the 10th day and obtain a negative result. This new rule applies only to those who have received one of the vaccines authorized by the Japanese government.
While shortening the quarantine period for those who have completed vaccination is a step forward, the 10-day quarantine period is still a considerable time burden, especially during the upcoming holiday season.
What is more, visa issuance to foreign nationals has been suspended. The use of public transportation is restricted (even for when taking the antigen test), and people must arrange for a special car service. Some may have certain family matters, and have to stay in hotels instead of their homes during the isolation period. These requirements are not only time-consuming, but also financially troublesome.
In this regard, JCCI will appeal for the following border measures to the Consulate General of Japan in New York:
1. Exemption from the quarantine period upon entry to Japan for those who have completed vaccination.
2. Elimination of restrictions on the use of public transportation upon entry to Japan for those who have completed vaccination.
3. Resume immigration approval and visa issuance for those who have completed vaccination.
4. In addition to only Japanese government-approved vaccines, those who have completed CDC-approved vaccines are subject to the above (1), (2), (3).
JCCI believes this will help streamline procedures for both Japanese and Americans entering Japan, and continue to revitalize economic activities in their respective countries.
About the JCCI: Established in 1932, JCCI is committed to facilitating a better understanding of business and cultural practices between the United States and Japan. For 85 years, the Chamber has served as a catalyst to help bring numerous U.S.-Japan business and cultural partnerships to fruition in the New York metropolitan area. For more information, please visit www.jcciny.org.