No sooner did I get out of my seven-day stay at the “Hotel Quarantine” when the government announced it would be changing the guidelines for those entering Japan.

Last week, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that the quarantine period will be reduced from seven to three days for those who have received their booster shots to protect themselves from COVID-19. And those individuals arriving from countries where the highly contagious omicron variant of the virus is “under control” will be exempted from quarantining at a designated facility altogether. That means you’ll be able to keep an eye on your health from the comfort of your own home.

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