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As you can see in my last blog, “Thought about it on the plane,” I have arrived safely in Japan. Currently, I am in quarantine for 6 days in a hotel prepared by the Japanese government near the airport.


The following information describes the process I went through from my arrival at Centrair (Central Japan International Airport). The information about quarantine seems to change quite often, and I don’t know if everyone will be treated the same, just for your reference.


We, arrived from the Philippines, followed the arrows to pass through various checkpoints. The first one is a booth where we have to submit our documents. There, we have to show a QR code that proves that we have answered the MHLW questionnaire. Make sure to take a screenshot of the code so that you can present it offline at any time.


After submitting the paperwork, you will receive the necessary containers for the test. In Japan, the test is done with saliva (more than 1 mL), so you will receive a container for it. After undergoing a thorough check to ensure that the specimen is not mishandled, you will go to the testing booth to collect saliva into a container. I had some difficulty, but I managed to collect it and submitted it.


After that, we will move to a booth where we will receive precautions during the quarantine period. Each individual is explained whether the app is installed and whether the necessary settings have been made. In Japan, an app called MySOS plays a central role in constantly monitoring the quarantine subject’s location, and COCOA plays an auxiliary role in managing the presence or absence of close contact with the infected person.


Once you are briefed, you wait for test result in the waiting place. A placard with the necessary information will be given to guide you. There is a vending machine near the area, where you can buy juice and other beverages.


When your see your number on the board, you will receive your result at the exit, and if you successfully are negative, you will receive the pink paper you need for immigration and can move on to the regular immigration area. I needed to have my passport stamped this time, so I used the immigration checkpoint. After picking up my suitcase, I exited the gate and waited for the bus to take me to my hotel. Soon after, you can get on the bus, and on the bus, the officer give you precautions you need to take in the hotel.


The government provides the hotel, so of course the quarantine beneficiaries cannot choose the hotel. Also, we don’t know in advance which hotel will be assigned. I’m wondering how the government selects the hotels and whether the business is good for hotels or not. I am staying at Toyoko Inn near airport.


The hotel room is probably about 20 square meters, and it is nice to have a bath and a humidifier. This time of year in Japan is very dry. As soon as I arrived, my lips became chapped. If you are concerned about this, you might want to bring your own lipstick.


You are allowed to leave the room to use the washing machine after making a reservation. However, other than that, to leave your room is absolutely prohibited. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, bentos are prepared outside the door and you eat them. I don’t have any likes or dislikes at all, so I can eat any kind of meat or vegetables, but what about those who can’t eat the food provided due to religious reasons or allergies?


The MySOS app will be used to send daily health status, location alarms, send calls to the AI, and talk to attendants. I guess that means some people can’t bear to go out. I think a lot of effort and cost are used for these measures. I think there should be a hefty fine for violators.