What You Must Prepare for Japan Trip from California

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Our one-month stay in the U.S. is about to end in the blink of an eye.
The day after tomorrow is already my return day!
So, I’d like to update myself with the latest information about the documents and precautions we need to take when entering Japan, as they change daily.

Most Concise and Clear Source of Information

On the ANA website, there is a page called “Information Regarding Travel from/to Japan and Other Countries“.
Then, if you scroll down, you will see the part “Passengers Traveling Internationally to Japan“, so click on that.
Then, “Checklist for travel documents (by departure place)” is prepared in PDF for each country (not for all countries).

Our place of departure is the United States, so here is the checklist.

It’s very simple, and of course, it’s been updated with the latest information, so if you follow this checklist, you should be able to get on the plane, which means you will be allowed to enter Japan.

It seems that the “Written Pledge” to be submitted to the quarantine office when entering Japan has been updated again.
There were two changes before I left Japan, so I reprinted it and brought it with me, but it’s already out of date, and now [Updated on December 4, 2021] is the latest.

Other than that, it looks like there will be no changes from when we left↓. (Except for the three days of forced quarantine.)

PCR Test within 72 hours prior to U.S. departure

At 9:10 this morning, we had an appointment at My Doctor Medical Group for a PCR test.
It is located in a high-rise building about a two-minute walk from Union Square in San Francisco.

There is a clinic in Room 840, but the PCR testing was in Room 1740.
Due to strict headcount restrictions, we shouldn’t enter the building more than 5 minutes before, we shouldn’t wait in the hallway, etc., so we went to arrive just 5 minutes before.

When we arrived, the nurse at the reception desk called our names and checked that the personal information (name, date of birth, passport number) on the container for the specimen was correct.

After that, we waited around the reception desk for about 3 minutes and was immediately taken to the waiting room inside. A minute later, we were taken to the specimen collection room.

Here, it turned out that the specimens were collected using nasopharyngeal swabs!

I have done the PCR test three times so far, but all of them were done with saliva, so this was my first time to use nasopharyngeal swabs.
When I had a flu test once a long time ago, I still remembered how painful it was to have something like a cotton swab inserted into the back of my nose, so even though I was told to “look at the ceiling and open your mouth and relax,” I stopped breathing the moment the swab was inserted into my nose, and my eyes swam all over the place😂

Anyway, it took only about 10 minutes for two of us to get out of the clinic after arriving.

The test results will be delivered to the portal site (registration required in advance) by 5pm tomorrow.
If you want a hard copy, you can send a message through the portal site and they will prepare it for you.
Digitization in the U.S. is progressing, and everything is done online except for today’s 10-minute test.

The price was $ 330 per person including tax, using the Japanese format.
It’s twice as expensive as the test that we had in Japan.

Installation of the designated application is completed, so all I have to do is answer the questionnaire on the designated site and screenshot the QR code on the completion page.