English Diary 日本入国に際してのPCR検査がうざい 20220429 #2-78

Hello everyone, welcome back to my channel. This is the nomadonomado English diary of the 29th of April 2022.

I think you started the Golden week if you are in Japan. Unfortunately, it’s not the case in England but I don’t have to work much anyway.

Yesterday I talked about my flight to Japan. I was supposed to fly on the 10th of May, but my flight was changed to the 12th which was absolutely unacceptable.

I told you that we were planning to leave England on the same day, my husband is going to Kenya and I am going to Japan. It’s because we could travel to the airport together. However, apparently, there are no flights on that day to go to Japan. My initial flight seemed to be cancelled. I can’t fly on the 10th now.

Even so, I can’t wait until the 12th either, which would be two days after my husband leaves England. We are staying in his mother’s house and my mother in law probably would let me stay even after my husband leaves. The problem is the PCR test which the Japanese government requires for all the travellers coming to Japan.

I have to have a PCR test within 72hours before the flight, precisely speaking, within 72 hours before the departure time of the flight. And if I am tested positive, I can not get on the aeroplane.

They say we need to have a test within 72 hours but from our experience, it takes 48 hours at most to get the result after the test. That means we need to have a test sometime between 72 hours before and 48 hours before. Does it make sense to you?

So if I take the flight on the 12th, I need to have a test on the 9th and the result would be delivered on the 11th at the latest. And then, what’s going to happen if I have a bad result?

If I am tested positive, I can’t get on the plane. I will have to cancel the flight or postpone it. I will no longer be able to stay with my mother in law either, who is a vulnerable 89 years old lady. In that case, I have to find somewhere to stay or I can potentially go back to Canada if I don’t have any symptoms of Covid.

Being tested positive for a PCR test would be a problem anytime and would cause more trouble if it happens after my husband leaves the country. That’s why taking a flight on the 12th is not a good idea at all. Now I think you know how they screwed up our plan.

Anyway, as I said last time, I managed to change my flight to the 6th of May because it was the best option for us. I certainly have to have a PCR test on the 3rd of Tuesday, in four days. It’s a shame to leave England in a rush, to be honest with you, but I am looking forward to being in Japan at the same time. 

I want to buy some gifts for my family in Japan too. I feel a bit of pressure on myself. I feel like I don’t have enough time to do what I want to do here in England, but that’s life, I suppose.

Alright, I think I complained a lot again. Thank you for listening as usual. If you are interested in the English script, you can check it on my website, nomadonomado.com.

I will be happy to receive your comments, feedback and questions. Thank you again and for now, goodbye.


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