NHK Okinawa reported this morning that while the Japanese government banned new foreign entrants in principle to prevent the new Omicron variant from entering Japan, it learned that USFJ members and persons connected to them are still allowed to arrive in Japan and travel to Okinawa after staying in Tokyo or at Yokota AB for three days. The network said that according to the USFJ headquarters, quarantine measures for USFJ members and persons connected to them entering Japan were eased this month. Those who have been fully vaccinated and have negative test results based on samples collected no more than 24 hours before departure can board domestic flights after staying near Tokyo or at Yokota AB for three days upon arrival and testing negative again. In addition, a limited number of USFJ members arriving at Haneda Airport have been allowed to board connecting flights to Naha eight hours after arrival starting on Nov. 12. Self-quarantining at the final destination is reportedly required in both cases.
The network added that even after the GOJ banned all new foreign entrants in response to the new Omicron variant, these relaxed quarantine measures for USFJ members and persons connected to them remain in place. A public affairs officer of the USFJ headquarters reportedly said the USFJ will continue to cooperate with the Japanese government in its border control measures.