CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RELATED INFORMATION

CHILDREN TRAVELING ALONE (UNACCOMPANIED MINORS)

In the context of the health situation, Air France has put in place special measures to welcome your children travelling alone (Unaccompanied minors: aged 5 to 17 years) in complete safety. (Kid’s solo service is mandatory for minors between 5 and 14 years and optional between 15 and 17 years) Your child's flight must not have a connecting flight. Please do not book 2 separate flights if the desired route is not available with a direct flight.  

Specific procedure at arrival in Japan (Unaccompanied minors)
  • Your child must be picked-up at arrival of the flight by parent(s) (or representatives identified before departure)
  • All passengers arriving from France will be required to go through a 3-day quarantine in a location designated by the Quarantine Office. On the 3rd day, if your child is tested negative, he/she can then proceed to the 14-day self-isolation.
  • Your child will be escorted by our staff from aircraft all along the arrival process to the bus that transports your child – among other customers - to the hotel designated by the Quarantine.(the bus is parked at the arrival level.)
  • Our staff with your child will meet you at the exit of the customs before letting your child on the bus.
  • You are not allowed to get on the bus, however can follow the bus with your own car, or reach the hotel by your own means.
  • Once arrived at the hotel, you can stay in the same room with your child during the whole quarantine period, consequently the same quarantine rules apply for you.
  • You are not allowed to take any form of public transportation (including regular taxi) until the end of 14-day self-isolation.

Restrictions on Entry into Japan

Updated on April 21, 2021

All passengers entering Japan are required to submit a COVID-19 test negative certificate with valid format issued within 72 hours prior to departure, together with the Written Pledge. The 14-day self-isolation is also mandatory.

If you do not have a valid inspection certificate, you will be denied boarding by the direction of the Government of Japan.
Valid Certificate format 

The Japanese government has designated some countries and regions as regions affected by COVID-19 variants (including France). Extra measures are in place for entries from those countries. For detailed information, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
If you are arriving from those countries, on entering Japan, you will be required to go through a 3-day quarantine in a location designated by the Quarantine Office. On the 3rd day, if you are tested negative, you can then proceed to the 14-day self-isolation.

For more details, please consult the website of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (in Japanese).

Mandatory submission of inspection certificate

Effective from entry on or after March 19, 2021, all persons who return to or enter Japan from abroad, regardless of the country or region in which they are staying and nationalities must provide a negative certificate of covid-19 inspection that was conducted within 72 hours prior to departure. If you are unable to submit an inspection certificate, you will not be allowed to enter Japan based on the Quarantine Law.  

The valid methods of COVID-19 inspection:

  • Nucleic Acid Amplification Test
    - real time RT-PCR (real time Reverse transcription PCR)
    - LAMP (Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification)
    - TMA (Transcription Mediated Amplification)
    - TRC (Transcription Reverse-transcription Concerted reaction) 
    - Smart Amp (Smart Amplification process)
    - NEAR (Nicking Enzyme Amplification Reaction)

  • Other
    - Next Generation Sequence
    - Quantitative Antigen Test* (CLEIA)
    *Not a qualitative antigen test.
     
The sample collection method of COVID-19 inspection

Either of the following is valid:
  • Nasopharyngeal Swab
  • Saliva

    ※ Please be aware that a mixture of two samples, "Nasopharyngeal (deep nose) and oropharyngeal swab (throat)“ , is not valid for the Japanese authorities.

※Only test certificates that contain valid samples and testing methods will be considered valid. On the PCR certificate the date of issuance of the certificate and the date and time of the sample collection (within 72 hours before departure) must be indicated.

If you do not have a valid inspection certificate, you will be denied boarding by the direction of the Government of Japan. Customers who enter or return to Japan are requested to be sure to prepare a valid inspection certificate in advance.

The submission of sign the Written Pledge when entering Japan

From January 14, 2021, all Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with status of residence are newly required to pledge to provide the location data to the health centers or other institutions if requested. They are required to sign the Written Pledge when entering Japan. In case of violation, they may be subject to detention under Quarantine Act.

See more information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan

MANDATORY E-QUESTIONAIRE BEFORE DEPARTING FOR JAPAN

Customers departing to Japan on/after December 13, 2020 need to fill in an e-questionnaire before departure. Upon arrival in Japan there are limited possibilities to do this. Please make sure you fulfill this e-questionnaire before departure.

ACCESS FROM THE AIRPORT FOR PASSENGERS ENTERING/RETURNING TO JAPAN

Currently, upon arrival in Japan from overseas, please take into account that it is not allowed to take any form of public transportation (including regular taxi). Please use private car(use airport parking), or arrange family pick-up, rent a car, reserved hired car, other exclusive transportation (Narita, Haneda) in advance.

Please refer to the following websites for the details on available transportation :

REOPENING OF BORDERS IN FRANCE FROM 9 JUNE, 2021

Update : June 08, 2021

Air France has taken note of the government's announcements concerning the strategy for reopening French borders as of 9 June 2021.
From June 9, the flow of travelers between France and foreign countries will be reopened according to modalities that vary depending on the health situation of third countries and the vaccination of travelers.

A classification of countries (Green, Orange, Red) has been defined on the basis of health indicators. The lists of countries are likely to be adapted according to the evolutions of the epidemic situation.
As of 08June, 2021
"Green" countries are: No active circulation of the virus, no variants of concern identified; Schengen and European Union, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Singapore, Australia, New-Zealand. 

Entry restriction from Green countries after 09 June 2021:
  • To France – Vaccinated passengers*: not necessary to justify a compelling reason for travel / No test required.
  • To France – NOT vaccinated passengers: not necessary to justify a compelling reason for travel / Negative certificate of PCR or ANTIGENIC test < 72H before boarding is required.
  • Quarantine for 7 days after arrival will be no longer required.

Vaccines accepted by France (Vaccinated passengers*).
France recognizes vaccines by European medicines agency (EMA): Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.The proof of vaccination is valid only if it allows to certify the completion of a complete immunization schedule, ie:
  • 2 weeks after the second injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca );
  • 4 weeks after injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson);
  • 2 weeks after the injection for vaccines in people who have had a history of Covid-19 (only 1 injection required).

Adults traveling with kids:  Compelling travel motive or quarantine apply in the same way for children < 18years old accompanying adults, regardless if the child is vaccinated or not.

Traveling in the European Union
To travel within the European Union, it is currently not necessary to justify the reason for travel, but prior test obligations are required.From July 1, the health pass will be recognized for travel within the European area, in the form of a European certificate.The certificate may include proof of vaccination, a negative test result or proof of recovery from Covid-19 less than 6 months old.States may also establish additional health measures if they are necessary and proportionate (for example: testing, quarantine, etc.).

Covid-19: Measures and Information

Rebooking policy, sanitary and health measures and our commitment… Please see detailed information from the page below.

COVID-19 Testing at Paris Airports

Passengers departing from Paris-ORY and Paris-CDG can perform an antigenic or RT-PCR test at the airport screening centers in addition to the testing centers in the city. At the airport, passengers will get the result (in French and English) within 48 hours after an RT-PCR test is taken and within one to two hours for an antigenic test. To be tested, passengers must have a valid air ticket and must make an appointment through doctolib. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements and to bring the correct travel documents with you, including a Covid-19 test if your destination requires it.
To check the requirements of the country of arrival, you can consult the websites Traveldoc, Paris.Aéroport.fr and France gouvernement.

(To fly safely, and if it's possible, we recommend that you come to the airport with your PCR test already done at a testing center in the city.)

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