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Some returnees to be asked to quarantine at home amid fears of room shortage

  • December 4, 2021
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Saturday’s Yomiuri, Mainichi, and Nikkei wrote that the GOJ announced on Friday that some people returning to Japan will be asked to quarantine at home because Japan’s tougher border control measures against the Omicron variant of COVID-19 could lead to a shortage of rooms at designated quarantine facilities. The GOJ currently asks returnees traveling from certain countries and regions to quarantine at designated facilities for 3 to 10 days. However, the government will ask returnees who are technically required to quarantine in designated facilities to self-quarantine at home or elsewhere if they are fully vaccinated. Measures will also be put in place to transport some of the people arriving at Narita Airport and other airports to quarantine facilities near Chubu Airport in Aichi Prefecture that have more capacity available.


The GOJ also announced on Friday that Japan has added the states of Hawaii, New York, Colorado, and Minnesota; Karnataka in India; Greece; and Romania to its Omicron watchlist. The total number of countries and regions on the list is now 40.

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