Day 3 of Forced Quarantine in Japan : Daily Routine

Live like a Traveler

(↑Photograph of Hachijo Kojima from Hachijo Island)

It’s only six steps from my bed, which is my base of living, to the bathroom.
And it’s seven steps to the door to get my meal (bento box).
That’s all the exercise I get in a day, so there is no sign that jet lag will be recovered.

Wake Up Early

On the first day, I was so sleepy that I fell asleep before dinner.
And on the second day, I managed to last until after 7pm.

In the morning, I was wide awake at 2:30am both days with full of energy.
At 3:00am, I became hungry and ate snacks, which is a messy life…

Daily Routine

A daily routine at the quarantine facility is as follows: Other than that, free time. However, there is no freedom in the range of action.

7:00Get a PCR test kit, conduct a saliva test only on the 3rd day for those forced quarantine for 3 days
8:00-9:00Report your health condition to the quarantine facility. Using the ID (5 digits) that you receive when you enter the facility, read the QR code using your smartphone, enter your body temperature and health condition in a chat format, and then send it (every morning during your stay).
8:30Breakfast : a bit late
19:15【ramdom】Incoming video call & notification of health status report from the Health Monitoring Center for Overseas Entrants

This “Health Monitoring Center for Overseas Entrants” is outsourced by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to monitor returnees and immigrants to Japan for 14 days.

App screen of “My SOS”

Before entering Japan, install the “My SOS” app on your smartphone (mandatory for all). When you enter Japan, you will be asked if you have installed the app and if it is registered. If you don’t have a smartphone, you will have to rent one.
This app is easy to understand.

  • I’m here : When you get a notification on your phone, just press the button. (its timing is random)
  • Report Your Health Condition : When you receive a notification on your phone, press the button and answer “yes/no” about your temperature and health condition to complete your answer. (its timing is random)
  • Check-in : Those who forced quarantine will click twice in 14 days: 1) click when you arrive at the quarantine facility, and 2) click when you return home.

Other than that, you may get a video call on your phone to “check your whereabouts“. When you receive a call, you will be connected to a video call for 30 seconds without saying a word (no one is on the other end), and your face and background will be recorded to confirm that you are indoors.

Well, it’s routine tasks, nothing special.

6 Days Quarantine for those from California

It was a close call!
If we were late for another week, we would have been quarantined for the current three to six days.

This morning, we received an email from the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles as below.

After a while, I checked the website of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to see which countries / regions have a quarantine period of 10 days, 6 days, or 3 days.
10 days = 11 countries, 6 days = 14 countries, 3 days = 38 countries, 63 countries in total.
Will the facility be ready in time? Is there enough staff to handle it?

I’m not in a position to give an opinion since I’m the one being taken care of, but I think it’s really hard to rent such a large facility, deploy staff, prepare meals, conduct PCR inspections, clean up linens and trash, check and explain documents upon arrival and when entering the facility, monitor all of them for 14 days, deliver food or stuffs to each room from delivery services such as amazon, uber eats, etc., and transportation between the airport and the facility, and so on.

Thank you very much to everyone involved🙏

Only 4 days left in 2021.
I hope that next year, this towering border will be a little lower!