Location Tracking App Required For All Travelers To Japan

Affects foreign residents, tourists, business travelers, and even Japanese citizens. Everyone.

Enacted by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, as of March 18th, international inbound travelers will be required to install three apps on their smartphones before leaving the airport: the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s COCOA COVID-19 contact tracing app, Skype, and OSSMA (a location confirmation app.)

The combined apps are to be used in confirming compliance with the 14 days of self-quarantine that inbound travelers are required to complete before moving about the general population. Those without smartphones will be required to rent one from the airport and pay out-of-pocket.

In addition to showing that the apps are installed and running, inbound travelers will also be required to sign a written pledge to comply with the protocols. Failure to do so can result in public publishing of the violator’s name and, in the case of foreign nationals, deportation, including the revocation of residence status for foreigners living in Japan on work or study visas.

https://www.watch.impress.co.jp/img/ipw/docs/1312/750/html/mhlw_01_o.jpg.html

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