一時帰国準備/Preparation for temporary going back to Japan

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I am living in Manila, Philippines, I haven’t been back to Japan since I celebrated New Year’s Day in 2020. I’m not so nostalgic as to go back to Japan frequently, but I guess my nostalgia gets stronger when I can’t go back home for almost two years. I’m a little surprised myself.


So, I will temporarily return to Japan on Monday, the 25th Oct.. I will return to the Philippines on Monday, November 15. Needless to say, I will be under a very strict quarantine to prevent the introduction of coronavirus into Japan.

1.出国72時間以内のPCRテスト PCR test within 72 hours of departure


My flight is at 8:00 a.m. on Monday the 25th, so I will need a PCR test after 8:00 a.m. on Friday the 22nd. Of course, the test result must be negative. Also, it has to be on the form prescribed by the Japanese government. In my case, I conducted the test on Friday the 22nd, and since the clinic closes on Saturday and Sunday, they are not able to provide the designated form, and I would receive the test results by e-mail on Saturday. The Japanese government accepts its own form, but they want me to make sure that the information on the form is complete. I just received my test results and confirmed that they are negative and that the information on the form (specimen collected, test method, results, date of test, date of result) is correct. It was a mistake to choose Monday’s flight, as I wondered how I could get the information corrected in case there were any inaccuracies.

2.日本での防疫態勢 Quarantine measures in Japan


Once I arrive at the airport, I have to submit a PCR certificate and conduct the test for the Covid19. For travelers from the Philippines, a six-day hotel quarantine is required, have to conduct tests after three days and after six days. After the hotel quarantine, home quarantine by hired car is possible. Travelers from the Philippines have to stay in quarantine for a total of 14 days, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not (the quarantine period has been shortened to 10 days for most vaccinated travelers). On the 31st Oct., I will transfer by hired car from the quarantine hotel to my home quarantine (costing about 40,000 yen), and I will be able to go out on November 9th.

3.フィリピンでの防疫態勢 Quarantine measures in the Philippines


In the Philippines, I need to secure accommodation for 6 days and 5 nights in advance. There, I will be taken to the hotel in a car provided by the hotel (all expenses paid by me). Once the quarantine at the hotel is over, I will be quarantined at home. After a total of 10 days of isolation, I will be able to live a normal life.

4.一時帰国でやること To do during temporary going back to Japan


During the quarantine period, I will work from home (same as now). Including the quarantine period, I will be at home for about two weeks. This is the longest period of time I have spent at home since I started working. My parents are over 80 years old, I have to talk with them well. I will have five working days off, during which I will do some shopping, eat good food, and see my friends. There is also a Shiki Theater Company in Nagoya, and they are playing The Lion King, so that would be nice. I would also like to finish the paperwork quickly, such as renewing my expired driver’s license.

5.まとめ Conclusion


This is a temporally return trip that will take a lot of time, effort and money. I will follow the rules and be careful not to interfere with the convergence of the Covid19 pandemic. I can’t help but pray that this unusual situation will be resolved as soon as possible. I haven’t even been able to leave the country yet, so I must be on my guard. Now that I have the negative certificate, I have to finalize my packing, etc.


The above blog is based on information currently available to me. If you are planning to go back to your home country by yourself, please make sure to prepare based on the latest information.

Published by freerthanbird/鳥よりも自由

旅行、サイクリング、ゴルフ、ダイビング、ドローンなどを勝手気ままに楽しんでいます。フィリピンの企業に勤め、フィリピンで生活しています。 I enjoy traveling, cycling, golf, diving, and drones at will. I am a Japanese, work for a company in the Philippines and live in the Philippines.

7 thoughts on “一時帰国準備/Preparation for temporary going back to Japan

  1. I am sorry to hear how strict it is to travel back to your home country. I want to visit friends in the UK, but I can’t get the time off work because of Quarantine time. I would need 4 weeks holiday due to the strict quarantine rules. It’s a difficult time for everyone. I hope you enjoy your trip!

  2. Thanks for sharing your experiences.
    I have been planning to study abroad in Japan for the last two years, but because of COVID, the universities keep canceling. The borders are closed right now anyway.
    Instead, I am taking Japanese classes online. I am hoping to visit Japan in March or April….
    but it is more important that everyone is safe in Japan.

    Thanks for letting me know how to prepare!

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