We’ve got the latest updates on quarantine rules for the Tokyo Olympics slated in 2021. According to The Japan Times, the government is considering exempting select foreign visitors from the nation’s 14-day quarantine period. This is for those who will attend next summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic.
This mandatory quarantine currently applies to all international travellers entering Japan. The only ones exempted are Japanese nationals and some short-term business travellers.
Which quarantine rules for the Tokyo Olympics might change?
The pending proposal aims to accommodate foreign athletes and staff who will be participating in the Tokyo Olympics. The organisers also mentioned that they’re setting up a COVID-19 health centre at the athletes’ village.
As of writing, the Japanese government has yet to decide whether or not they’ll allow spectators from abroad. Should they approve this proposal, all foreign visitors will have to show proof of multiple negative PCR tests prior to departure. These visitors must also agree to have their health condition monitored throughout their stay in Japan.
Furthermore, the government might allow Olympic spectators from overseas to use public transport — unlike foreign athletes and staff. However, they would still have to consider whether or not to grant entry for foreign spectators coming from countries with high COVID-19 cases.
When can we expect a decision?
There will be a committee meeting today, 12 November, to discuss possible changes in quarantine rules. Should it push through, the government will introduce a special health system. This will help both local and foreign athletes prepare for the games safely.
As for the number of spectators who can watch live, Olympic organisers are set to make their decision by spring 2021.
As of writing, outbound travel to Japan from the Philippines is only allowed for foreign nationals, OFWs, permanent visa holders, and enrolled international students. In short: essential travel. However, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, these travellers will still be subject to denial of permission to enter.