Top News Japan shortens quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers By TTG Asia / Posted on 30 September, 2021 17:21 Fully vaccinated travellers from non-high-risk destinations entering Japan from Friday (October 1) will have their mandatory quarantine shortened from 14 to 10 days, said the government on Monday. “As the vaccination rate increases, the government will revise entry restrictions in phases. This will be the first revision we will make,” chief cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato was quoted by The Japan Times as saying during a news conference Monday. Japan eases quarantine rules for fully vaccinated arrivals; travellers with face mask waiting at Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya pictured The new policy will require travellers to provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, and they will be able to observe the shortened quarantine period at home or an accommodation of their choosing. However, the relaxed rules will only apply to those who have received one of the three Covid-19 vaccines approved by the Japanese government: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca. Currently, all visitors to Japan, regardless of vaccination status, are required to undertake a pre-departure Covid-19 test, be tested on arrival, and serve a mandatory 14-day quarantine. With the new ruling, vaccinated travellers will be able to take a Covid-19 test on the 10th day of quarantine at their own expense, and will be permitted to end their self-isolation if they test negative. However, travellers will still be required to undergo tests prior to departure. The shortened quarantine policy will not apply to travellers arriving from countries and regions that are deemed as high-risk due to a high number of cases involving the Delta variant, even if they are fully vaccinated. These travellers will be required to serve the first three, six or 10 days of their 14-day quarantine at designated facilities. If they test negative at the end of that given period, they can then serve the remainder of their 14-day quarantine at home or at an accommodation of their choosing. These include arrivals from more than 40 countries including Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Maldives, Mozambique, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the UAE, and the UK. Non-vaccinated arrivals from regions that are not on the list can self-isolate at home or at an accommodation of their choice for 14 days.