Hi, everyone! Bhaiya here.
I’m finally checked into my hotel room in Japan, and i’ll be spending the next 2 weeks quarantined in my room. In the meanwhile, I’ll also be writing a daily journal talking about what life is like during quarantine.
Where i’m staying
Narita Tobu Hotel Airport
I decided to quarantine at Narita Tobu Hotel Airport because the hotel was very close to Narita Airport and because the rooms were nice. The average cost per night is about $75, and you should plan to stay for 2 weeks to quarantine.
Currently, people coming to Japan from abroad have to quarantine for 14 days without using public transportation. The hotel is very close to the airport and has a private shuttle to and from the airport, and that makes it very convenient to arrive and quarantine.
The cost is about $75 per night, so it isn’t the cheapest option out there, but it also isn’t super expensive. Because i’m having to quarantine, i’m unable to use almost all services provided by the hotel such as cleaning, going to the restaurant, etc.
I’m not sure what percentage of staff speak English, but there is a decent number of English speaking staff who will help you with anything you need. If you need anything, you can call room service, and they will get someone who speaks English on the line if you ask them.
The wi-fi quality at the hotel isn’t that good, but it gets the job done, and there’s no signing-in you need to do so it’s easy to connect to.
I ordered breakfast this morning using room service. While the food was expensive, around 2,500 yen, it was very tasty, and was delivered to my room in about 15 minutes.
In addition, the hotel has a convenience store located on the first floor and there’s also a coin laundry machine.
Getting to my hotel from the airport
People who enter Japan after staying in a different country are not allowed to use public transportation for two weeks. However, my hotel has a private bus that goes from the airport to the hotel, and it was ok for people coming in from another country to use. I asked 4 people to confirm just in case, and thankfully they all said yes!
After getting to the hotel, the first thing I had to do was measure my temperature. After that, I went to the front desk and gave them my passport, a form I received from the airport stating I was not infected with COVID, and then they gave me some forms to sign for checking in. Also, I was asked to maintain a health-diary, and measure my temperature everyday.
About the room
The room I checked into was really clean and fresh. I decided to get a bigger room since i’ll be quarantining for 2 weeks, and it’d be nice to have some space to move around. The hotel has free wifi so I can keep working while quarantined.
After arriving at the airport, I had to undergo a saliva-based COVID-19 test. Unfortunately, my mouth was pretty dry so it took a while to give enough saliva. I recommend drinking lots of water before the test! Afterwards, I had to go get my test document approved, and I was assigned a seat to wait. I was also given an ID that would be used to call my once my results were ready.
Once I got to the hotel, I had to take a temperature measurement to make sure I don’t have COVID symptoms. Also, i’ll need to keep taking a temperature test every morning during my quarantine. Afterwards, I showed the staff a document showing that I had tested negative at the airport.