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Japan's Quasi-State of Emergency Expanded

January 26, 2022 • 6:21 am CST
(Vax Before Travel)

In response to a rapid rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, the U.S. Embassy in Japan announced today the Japanese government had extended the quasi-state of emergency for an additional 18 prefectures that will remain in effect through February 20, 2022.

These measures will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Hokkaido, Aomori, Yamagata, Fukushima, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Nagano, Shizuoka, Ishikawa, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Okayama, Shimane, Fukuoka, Oita, Saga, and Kagoshima.

Additionally, the previously declared quasi-state of emergency for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Gunma, Niigata, Kagawa, Aichi, Mie, Gifu, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki prefectures will remain in effect through February 13.

And Yamaguchi, Hiroshima, and Okinawa prefectures have been extended and will remain in place until February 20.

Furthermore, the number of prefectures in Japan under a quasi-state of emergency may change with little or no notice.

The quasi-state of emergency will allow prefectural governments to impose targeted measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

These measures may include, but are not limited to, shortened business hours for eateries and other establishments, restrictions on the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars, and/or limits on the number of customers in enclosed spaces.

U.S. citizens in Japan are urged to follow all national and prefectural COVID-related guidance to protect their health.

Furthermore, U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated should travel with proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status to provide to their airline before departure to the U.S.

Proof of vaccination should be a paper or digital record issued by an official source. It should include the COVID-19 vaccine product and date(s) of administration for all doses received.

And the U.S. CDC has determined that for purposes of travel to the U.S., COVID-19 vaccines accepted will include FDA approved/authorized and World Health Organization Listed vaccines.

See this link for FAQ information.

U.S. citizens needing assistance should contact the U.S. Embassy Tokyo; Telephone: 03-3224-5000; after-hours: 03-3224-5000; Email: [email protected]