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Japan Shortens Quarantine Duration For Fully Vaccinated Travellers


Fully vaccinated travellers from non-high-risk destinations will be allowed to undergo a shorter quarantine of 10 days in Japan instead of the existing 14 days

The travellers will be allowed to undergo quarantine at home or at their chosen accommodation. They will however need to furnish proof of the vaccination.

The Japanese government recognizes only Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca as Covid-19 vaccines.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said that entry restrictions to Japan will be revised in phases, the shortening of the quarantine days being the first such revision.

Before this, all travellers had to take a Covid-19 test before departure, get tested after arrival, and do a 14-day mandatory quarantine. After the revision, they can undergo a test, at their own cost, on the 10th day of the quarantine. They can end their quarantine If tested negative.

Non-vaccinated travellers from these non-high-risk countries will have to undergo quarantine for 14 days at home or at their chosen place. 

However, fully vaccinated travellers from high-risk countries with a huge number of Delta cases will require the full 14-day quarantine. More than 40 countries including Argentina, Colombia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Belgium, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Maldives, South Africa, Sri Lanka, UAE, and the UK are on this list.

These travellers will have to undergo self-isolation at a designated place for the first three, six, or ten days. A negative test taken after this will allow them to do the rest of the 14-day quarantine at home or at their chosen facility.

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