New Japan Coronavirus Travel Restrictions Effective March 9, 2020

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Japan has now expanded the travel restrictions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) from March 9, 2020.

Foreign nationals, including tourists, arriving from China, Hong Kong, Macao, and South Korea are quarantined for 14 days upon arriving at Osaka (KIX) or Narita (NRT) airports (only two entry ports accepting flights from these destinations).

You can access Japan Travel’s information page for coronavirus here.

UPDATE: These travel restrictions, for now, are valid through March 31, 2020.

Here’s the update:

Foreign nationals arriving in Japan from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Republic of Korea will be asked to first stay at designated facilities for 14 days, and to avoid using any public transportation while staying at the designated facilities.

  • By air: Arrival destinations for aircraft from mainland China and Republic of Korea will be limited to Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Osaka Kansai (KIX) international airports.
  • By sea: Ship transportation of passengers from China and Republic of Korea will be suspended.

Single Entry Visa Temporary and Multiple Entry Visas that have already been issued by Embassy & Consulates General of Japan in China or Republic of Korea until Mar 8, will be canceled. Visa Exemption will be suspended for foreign nationals Hong Kong, Macau in China, and Republic of Korea.

These measures will be effective from 0:00AM Mar 9 JST.

Here’s an update from NHK (access their piece here):

The Japanese government is asking travelers from China and South Korea to self-quarantine for two weeks starting from Monday in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

It will apply to everyone entering from the two countries, including Japanese nationals, until the end of March.

Japanese citizens are likely to be asked to stay at home. Foreigners will be urged to remain in such places as hotels. They will also be told to avoid public transport.

People will be asked to conduct their own daily health checks during the two weeks of quarantine, and contact designated medical centers if they show any symptoms of infection.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, “This is an appropriate time for the measure. The infection is spreading in a number of countries, and we are now at a critical juncture. It’s important to step up border controls promptly and without hesitation, in addition to preventive measures at home.”

Here’s a cancellation that I received from Cathay late yesterday:

Conclusion

Cathay Pacific first canceled my flight from Hong Kong to Narita a couple of weeks back and yesterday the rebooked flight to Haneda. They didn’t give this travel restriction as a reason and it is not updated on their website either.

Not sure how effective these restrictions are now as the coronavirus has spread to most parts of the world. Are they planning to shut down the air traffic completely?

I will move up my flight from Hong Kong to Japan by two days to tomorrow instead of Tuesday. Problem solved. But what will happen to the Tokyo Olympics later in the year?

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