Haneda Airport in Tokyo as of November, 2021

Live like a Traveler

It’s been about two years since I’ve been overseas, with my last trip to Chicago in December 2019.
This time, I really needed to enter the U.S., and it was a hard decision to make while I was required to refrain from taking any action.
I am grateful that I was able to move around the airport smoothly thanks to the strengthening of border measures such as immigration restrictions.

International Terminal at Haneda

On the way to Haneda Airport by limousine bus, I thought, “What? Terminal 3?”
The name of the terminal used to be “International Terminal,” which was supposed to be easy to understand, but before I knew it, it had been changed to Terminal 3.

It seems that the name has changed from March 14, 2020.

Other than that, there were many new machines at the check-in counters, security checkpoints, and immigration checkpoints, making the whole space look futuristic.
On the other hand, I felt sad to see that the number of human services has been reduced to a great extent.

Check-in counter: more monitors, farther distance from ground staff.
Checked baggage: Before, there were steps to check in, which made it difficult, but now it’s flat and smooth!
Before security check : changed from human control to gate control

The area was sparsely populated, and both the pre-departure and post-departure areas were deserted.
Since this was a night flight, all the stores were closed in the post-departure area, including the duty free stores which are usually open 24 hours a day.

This is the store opening hours for the international Terminal of Haneda Airport as of November 26, 2021.)

Departure procedures (as of November 26, 2021)

About a month and a half ago, I wrote in this blog about “Required for Travel between San Francisco and Tokyo”. Since November 8, “Vaccine Requirement” has been added for entry into the U.S., so we were able to complete our departure procedures by preparing the following 3 items.

1) Attestation
2) Negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 3 days before travel
3) Fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status

The information is as of November 26, 2021. Information is updated daily, so you need to check immediately before.

As for the attestation, we had printed it out earlier, but we had to prepare it again since there were changes due to the addition of entry requirements on November 8.

As for the COVID-19 negative certificate, we were able to clear it without any problem with the “online clinic with saliva collection” mentioned in the blog above.

At the check-in counter, the ground staff will carefully check the above three documents one by one.
Therefore, it takes much longer than usual, so it is recommended that you have plenty of time to go to the airport.