The Japanese government has announced it is easing quarantine restriction rules for travellers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 starting from this week, as the period for self-isolation at home will be reduced from 14 days to 10 days from 1 October. During a press conference, chief cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato said that people who have been fully vaccinated would be allowed outside after a 10-day quarantine if their Covid-19 tests were negative.
People traveling from 45 countries and regions, including the UK, India, and the Philippines, were required by existing Japanese regulations to spend three days in a government-designated facility due to the increased risk of introducing Covid-19 variants. However, fully-vaccinated individuals would no longer have to do so.
Japan currently does not allow the entry of foreign nationals in principle. Most of the arrivals were Japanese citizens or foreign nationals who had been living in Japan. Kato said the relaxed quarantine rules were the first in a series of steps in a review of Japan’s border measures, adding that the country in the future would consider allowing entry depending on the Covid-19 situation abroad while taking steps including restrictions on movement and testing.