Immigration weekly update: July 15, 2021

Global Immigration update for Japan and the Philippines


Japan: State of emergency

The State of Emergency in Okinawa and Tokyo is extended to August 22, 2021.

From July 12 till August 22, 2021, there are preventative measures in Chiba, Kanagawa, Osaka and Saitama. Current border control measures in Japan remain suspended until further notice, meaning there is no new entry to Japan for foreign nationals.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Cabinet Secretariat.

Philippines: Extension of temporary travel restrictions

The Bureau of Immigration has extended the existing temporary travel restrictions until July 31, 2021:

  • All passengers coming from or who have been to India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines shall be prohibited from entering the country.
  • Any national government repatriation program coving Filipinos coming from the foregoing countries is required to undergo an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period notwithstanding a negative result of an RT-PCR test.
  • Filipinos arriving under non-Philippine government repatriations are required to:
    • Present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours before boarding the aircraft or vessel.
    • Undergo 14-day facility-based quarantine from the arrival date in the Philippines, with the date of arrival being the first day.
  • Filipinos and foreign passengers merely transiting through India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman, and UAE shall be subject to the following rules:
    • Should not be deemed as coming from or having been to these countries if they stayed in the airport the whole time. As well as not being cleared for entry into these countries by their immigration authorities; and
    • Upon arrival to the Philippines, transit passengers do not need to complete a full 14-day facility-based quarantine but are expected to comply with the existing test and quarantine protocols.

The following guidelines are used to govern all individuals fully vaccinated in the Philippines and abroad who stayed exclusively in “Green” countries/jurisdictions in the past 14 days immediately preceding arrival:

  • “Green” countries/jurisdictions are those classified by the Department of Health (DOH) as “Low Risk” countries/jurisdictions based on disease incidence rate.
  • An individual shall be considered as fully vaccinated for COVID-19:
    • More than or equal to two weeks after having received the second dose in a two-dose series, or more than or equal to two weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine; and
    • The vaccines administered are included in Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Fully vaccinated individuals must carry proof of their vaccination.
  • All arriving fully vaccinated individuals must be required to undergo a seven-day facility-based quarantine upon arrival. The RT-PCR test shall be done on fifth day with day one being the date of arrival.

Individuals need to complete seven-day quarantine even if the result is negative. Thereafter, the individual is enjoined to monitor themselves for the next seven days for any symptoms.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Republic of Philippines and Philippine News Agency.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Debra Jane Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager (APAC).

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