Assuming a person has arranged for a vehicle to take the person from the airport to the person's place of quarantine (home, hotel, elsewhere), how does the person get to the vehicle?

For example, say a person returning to Japan has a car parked in the parking ramp (which the person parked before leaving the country). To allow the person to simply walk to the parking ramp would risk contact with others and seem to defeat the purpose of the quarantine requirement.

Similarly, if the person has arranged to meet a hired car or a driving family member, one would assume that the person wouldn't just be allowed to walk out to the general area where the car will be and wait unattended for the car to arrive.

How does a person go to the vehicle from the arrival gate?

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    I don't think the quarantine rules are meant to eliminate all contact, but rather to minimize contact, particularly prolonged contact. So I think your assumption is faulty and one would simply exit the terminal in the usual fashion. Likewise you are allowed to briefly leave your quarantine location to acquire necessities such as food.
    – Gene
    Commented Dec 2, 2021 at 8:08
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    Are you speaking from experience? The govenment documents I have read do not allow for leaving the quarantine location. If you have sources for your guesses, posting them as an answer would be very helpful.
    – user124356
    Commented Dec 2, 2021 at 8:13
  • What do the rules in the government documents you refer to in your question explicitly state on this topic? For example, the rules for my country talk about going straight to the place you’re staying to quarantine and only using public transport if you have no other option
    – Traveller
    Commented Dec 2, 2021 at 8:23
  • Sorry, I elided that because I imagined someone who would be able to provide an answer would be someone already familiar with that background information. I haven't been able to find government documents that state explicitly the answer to the question, hence the question, but I'll compile the specific related sources and information that I do have and add to the OP.
    – user124356
    Commented Dec 2, 2021 at 8:32
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    @Henris What advice did the Japanese embassy where you reside provide when you contacted them?
    – Traveller
    Commented Dec 2, 2021 at 8:55

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The answer that you do, indeed, simply walk to your vehicle. The regulations prohibit using public transportation, but place no further requirements on private transportation.

More generally, Japan being an orderly society, COVID regulations are not enforced at gunpoint, you are simply expected to do the right thing. You are required to sign a Written Pledge on arrival at the airport where you promise to do so, and if you fail to do so and are caught, consequences may include detention and, for foreign nationals, deportation:

From January 14, 2021 until further notice, all Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with the status of residence are also required to pledge to refrain from using public transportation, and to be in quarantine at home or other designated areas, retain the location data, and provide it to the health centers or other institutions, if requested. (If separate quarantine measures are to be taken, those also need to be pledged.) They are required to sign and submit the Written Pledge when entering Japan. In case of violation, they may be subject to detention under Quarantine Act.

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