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  • A new system for reduced quarantine times for some fully vaccinated business travelers


Beginning November 8, 2021, the government announced a new system allowing certain travelers to apply for Ministry pre-approval (AMPA) to qualify for reduced quarantine measures. Additional insight is found here. Travelers entering as business visitors, those holding a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), and residents of Japan are impacted under this program.

Travelers who submit a copy of a valid vaccination certificate and AMPA approval upon arrival will be required to enter a self-isolated quarantine for three days. For a list of approved vaccines, click here. After day three, travelers are required to be monitored for an additional four-14 days, and the traveler must take a COVID-19 test at a designated facility and produce a negative result to begin the reduced quarantine measures. On day 14, the visa sponsoring entity must report a notice of the successful completion of the 14-day quarantine period to the relevant ministry of the federal agency.

What are the Changes?

The government of Japan introduced a new system allowing for reduced quarantine times for qualified travelers. This system will reduce the previous ten-day self-isolated quarantine to three days for authorized travelers.

Looking Ahead

Currently, the processing time for AMPA has not been announced. Continue to check the government of Japan’s website.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

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