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Japan – Coronavirus Disease Update

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All vessels arriving Japan ports will be required to submit a health questionnaire. This report should be accomplished by the vessel captain and submitted to the relevant quarantine officer before arriving at any Japanese port.

This needs to be submitted to immigration during their working hours, prior ship arrival. To ensure prompt checking and feedback from the Authorities, Master needs to provide this at least 36 hours in advance. In case vessel is due to arrive during a weekend or Monday, the health questionnaire must be submitted latest by Friday AM JPLT.

Quarantine measures

All nationals arriving from the following countries are called upon to wait 14 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief and to refrain from using public transportation.

Asia – China, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam and Malaysia

Europe – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino, the United Kingdom, and Vatican

Middle East – Iran, Israel, Qatar and Bahrain

Africa – Egypt and Democratic Republic of the Congo

North America – The United States of America

Effective April 3, entry ban for all foreigners travelling from countries/areas as below. Visas issued by Japanese Embassies or Consulates located in all countries other than those listed will cease to be in effect and visa-free entry, which had been granted to citizens of the same countries, will be suspended as well.

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Equador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Isreal, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morrocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, PRC (including HKG and Macau), Qatar, Republic of Djibouti, Romania, Russia, Sao Tome Principe ,South Korea, San Marino, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA, Vatican, Vietnam.

Quarantine Measures
Intensified quarantine (14 days) required for all travelers entering Japan regardless of nationalities.

Effective April 29, entry ban on travelers is updated as below. Visas issued by Japanese Embassy or Consulates located in all countries other than those listed will cease to be in effect and visa-free entry, which had been granted to citizens of the same countries, will be suspended as well.

  • Foreigners who have Chinese passports issued by Hubei or Zhejiang Province in China.
  • Foreigners who have embarked from passenger vessel “Westerdam”
  • Foreigners who have been to the following countries for the past 14 days: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, PRC (including Hong Kong and Macau), Qatar, Republic of Djibouti, Romania, Russia, South Korea, San Marino, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA, Vatican, Vietnam.

All major ports with practical access to JP major international airports: NRT, KIX and HN-

For on signers:

If crew have a valid Seaman’s book (to identify their crew status), they might be allowed to enter Japan with following procedure:

  • In general, all crew members have to undergo PCR test at airport Quarantine and interview (with crew agent’s assistance) at airport immigration.
  • Taking into consideration basis crew’s nationality and travel history (incl. their origin and all transit airport), PCR testing might not be required subject to Immigration & Quarantine bureau’s decision. In this case, they can join vessel directly without 14 days isolation with flwg condition:
    a. They don’t use public transportation (such as Domestic airplane, Bullet train, Bus, etc.). They need to be escorted to join vessel by agent’s car
    b. They need to embark the vessel within 1 or 2 days.
  • In case PCR testing is required, results usually take 2 to 3 days, during this time, they need to stay at a Government-assigned hotel (chartered bus from airport to the hotel, hotel charge, meal charge are expected to be paid by Japanese Government, but it also subjects to the Government-contracted hotel’s vacancy). If the tests turn out to be negative, they can join vessel without 14 days isolation with flwg condition:
    a. They are not allowed to use public transportation (such as Domestic airplane, Bullet train, Bus, etc.). They need to be escorted to join vessel by agent’s car.
    b. They need to embark the vessel within 1 or 2 days.
  • The shore pass for onsigners shall be issued by Immigration officer at the airport after the interview (with crew agent’s assistance). However there’s still possibility that the PCR test show positive result 2 days later. In this case their joining will be rejected and crew will be escorted to a designated hospital, probably by Quarantine office.
  • Whether onsigners can enter Japan or not still depends on Immigration & Quarantine bureau’s final judgement upon their arrival. However pls be ensured our team and our attending escort agent will try our very best to persuade the Immigration & Quarantine bureau’s permission, given that onsigner’s travel history has been reflected correctly and crews’ heath condition are stable.

PCR test result turnaround at Narita (NRT), Haneda (HND) and Kansai (KIX) would be as following:

  • NRT – PCR Inspection will be taken before Immigration procedure at Narita airport. Results will be given within a day or 2 days, depending on congestion. Accommodation will be arranged by Quarantine until the result received.
  • HND – PCR Inspection will be taken before Immigration procedure at Haneda airport. Results will be given 4-5 hours later.
  • KIX – PCR Inspection will be taken before Immigration procedure at Kansai airport. Results will be given 4-5 hours or 1 day later, depending on congestion. Accommodation will be arranged by Quarantine until the result received.

For off signers:

  • Vessel must be at sea for at least 14 days after leaving any foreign port before entering Japanese port. In this case, it might be possible for the port agent to issue shore passes (landing permits), but only for offsigners (who possess valid Seaman’s book)
  • They need to be escorted by agent’s car too, no public transportation (such as Domestic airplane, Bullet train, Bus, etc.) is allowed

Regrettably at this stage, there’s still no official instruction from Japan Immigration about the fixed/confirmed procedure for crew change procedure at all Japan ports. Therefore the situation might varied among Japan areas/ports and we have no other choice than to check with the Immigration on case by case basis. Hence, in case you have any plan for a crew change at Japanese ports, please advise us flwg info as precise as possible for our efficient negotiation with the Immigration office:

  • Vessel’s name
  • Japanese port name that the crew change should take place, ETA at port
  • Charterer’s port agent contact details
  • Vessel’s port of call list for 1 month prior arrival at Japan 1st port
  • Onsigner’s nationalities, whether they have valid Seaman’s book or not
  • Expected flight schedule for onsigners if possible, or at least their origin and transit airport (Please also considering the 2-3days waiting for onsigners in case PCR test is needed)

Currently, most airports in Japan is not available for international flights except Narita Airport, Haneda Airport (with very limited international flight option) & Kansai airport (KIX). Hence, it will be most convenient to arrange crew change (if permitted by Immigration) at the major Japan ports located near these 3 international airports due to the fact that all transportation should be made easier.

For the other ports that are far away from above airports, the possibility to arrange same subject to escort agent’s availability and need to be checked carefully on case by case basis.
 
Public transportation is still allowed in case they have completed 14 days self-quarantine in Japan as per Quarantine bureau’s request. But considerate the nature of crew change operation, this option seems not recommendable.