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Korean quarantined at a Japanese hotel 340km away from the airport “I don’t want to go through it again”

10 hours from Incheon departure to arrival at the hotel… ‘Exhausted’ from waiting/transferring

Isolation is strengthened to block Omicron mutation… Concerns about lack of accommodation

Arrivals who install the Corona 19 app

(Narita Kyodo = Yonhap News) Amid growing concerns about Omicron, a new variant of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), an official who arrived at Narita International Airport in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan on the 29th of last month, was an official They are installing an application that reports their residence and health status under the guidance of the people.

(Tokyo = Yonhap News) Correspondent Lee Se-won = It was confirmed on the 4th that there was a case in which a Korean who entered Japan was quarantined at a hotel several hundred kilometers from the arrival airport under the direction of the authorities.

While the Japanese government has tightened regulations to prevent the inflow of Omicron, a new variant of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), it is pointed out that there is not enough accommodation for isolation.

A Korean, who arrived in Japan at Narita International Airport on the 3rd, when six days of ‘facility quarantine’ began for immigrants from Korea, shared his experience on Yonhap News, saying, “I don’t want to go through it again.”

Documents marked '6 days of facility quarantine'
Documents marked ‘6 days of facility quarantine’

(Tokyo = Yonhap News) The document issued by the Japanese health authorities to Koreans who entered through Narita International Airport states that the country they stayed in for two weeks before arrival is ‘Korea’ and that they should be quarantined for ‘6 days’ at a designated hotel. content is displayed. After the hotel quarantine is over, the rest of the quarantine period must be completed at the residence. A total of 14 days of quarantine is required. 2021.12.4
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Mr. A was difficult because the Japanese health authorities designated a hotel near Chubu Airport in Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture, about 340 km away from Narita Airport as a quarantine facility.

After taking off from Incheon International Airport, it took about 10 hours to arrive at the hotel.

After completing the Corona 19 test and immigration procedures at Narita Airport, Mr. A took a domestic flight prepared by the authorities and moved to Chubu Airport.

The day before departure from Korea, he was informed by the airline that he had to be quarantined at a designated facility for six days, and if there was no accommodation near Narita Airport, he could be sent to another airport.

Although I wore a mask, there were times when I felt anxious because the inside of the airport shuttle was crowded. Food was provided.

Person A speculated that it must have been more difficult for those who entered Korea with small children or those who arrived at the airport earlier and waited longer.

Quiet Narita International Airport
Quiet Narita International Airport

(Narita = Yonhap News) Correspondent Lee Se-won = Narita City, Chiba Prefecture, the gateway to the Japanese metropolitan area, on the 30th of last month, the first day that the Japanese government tightened entry regulations to block the inflow of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) Omicron mutation. Narita International Airport, where it is located, is showing a quiet appearance.

He said, “I don’t know why they sent me this far,” he said.

When Yonhap News asked the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on the 4th about the quarantine place for inbound travelers, the official responded, ‘Today is a day off, so there is no one to answer.’

The hotel where Mr. A is staying explained to the effect that ‘(our hotel) is not designated as a waiting facility exclusively for inbound travelers from a specific country’.

There is an analysis that there is not enough accommodation for isolation.

Meals provided by Japanese authorities to quarantined arrivals at designated hotels
Meals provided by Japanese authorities to quarantined arrivals at designated hotels

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According to Kyodo News, Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Shigeyuki Goto said that some entrants from target countries who must be quarantined at facilities for three days due to concerns about lack of isolation facilities to prevent the spread of omicron mutations are asked to wait at home after they have been vaccinated. It was announced at a press conference on the 3rd.

He added that there are 7,350 quarantine facilities secured by the Japanese government, and more than 30% of them are in use as of the 2nd day, and that 2,000 more rooms will be added with the cooperation of local governments.

The Japanese government evaluates the risk of introducing Omicron mutations and sets different quarantine periods for each country and region.

Those arriving to Japan from 12 countries, including South Korea, are required to spend the first 6 days out of the 14 days in quarantine at accommodation designated for quarantine.

Person A can leave the hotel on the 9th if she tests negative for COVID-19, conducted twice at three-day intervals.

Just like when they came, they will take a flight prepared by the authorities and go to Narita Airport, then go to their residence in Tokyo and self-quarantine for the rest of the time.

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