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🦠 Japan COVID-19 travel requirements

Last updated: 4 October 2021, 10:59 (GMT +4)

Travel to Japan

Travel eligibility

Visas issued before the entry restriction was applied have been cancelled except for diplomat and official passport holders. Further exceptions may apply and details can be consulted with the local Embassy at the origin.

Passengers holding newly issued entry visas (issued within 3 months), regardless where they from, are accepted for travel to Japan.

Entry into Japan is subject to approval by the local Immigration at the Arrival Passport Control.

All passengers from entry banned countries will be denied entry into Japan.

Please refer to the updated list of restricted countries on the Japan Foreign Affairs website.

The following exceptions apply:

  • Japanese nationals and special permanent residence status holders
  • Foreign nationals with re-entry permit
  • Foreign nationals with special exceptional circumstances. Depending on the purpose of your entry, you may need to get a Certificate of Eligibility at the regional immigration bureau and get a Japan Visa at the Japanese embassy/consulate in the country/region

United States Military

US military personnel on travel order can travel to Japan from any country.

Quarantine isolation requirements for specific countries

1. Passengers who have been to the following countries and areas within the past 14 days will be subjected to a mandatory 6 day quarantine at quarantine accommodations arranged by local authorities. Passengers must have a negative result for a COVID 19 PCR test carried out on days 3 and 6 to be released from quarantine if the result is negative.

  • Argentina, Cost Rica, Colombia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Philippines, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru    

2. Passengers who have been to the following countries and areas within the past 14 days will be subjected to a mandatory 3 day quarantine at quarantine accommodations arranged by local authorities. Passengers must have a negative result for a COVID 19 PCR test carried out on day 3 to be released from quarantine if the result is negative.

  • The United Arab Emirates, Albania, India, Indonesia, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, Guinea, Cuba, Greece, Zambia, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Tanzania, Denmark, Turkey, Pakistan, Paraguay, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Portugal, Malaysia, South Africa, Mozambique, Maldives, Libya, Russia (Moscow)

Vaccine certification

With a *valid vaccination certificate, you can shorten your quarantine period of 14 days at home or in the place you’re staying if you are entering from:

  • undesignated countries/regions whose travellers are not required to stay at the government designated accommodation
  • designated countries/regions whose travellers are required to stay for 3 days at the government designated accommodation

Passengers under this category must report the negative PCR or quantitative antigen test result to the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare HCO (Health Monitoring Center for Overseas Entrants) on or after the 10th day after entering Japan.

With a *valid vaccination certificate, you are exempt from the 3-day stay at the government-designated accommodation and the test on the 3rd day after entering Japan if you are entering from designated countries/regions whose travellers are required to stay for 3 days at the government designated accommodation. However, you still need to stay at home or in the place you’re staying during the designated quarantine period.

The above measures will apply to those who enter Japan on or after 1 October 2021.

You must follow the instructions of the quarantine station or public health office even if the above requirements are met.

The above measures do not apply to children who are not able to get vaccinated because of the age restriction.

*Valid vaccine certification

Manufacturer of the vaccines must be Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna

On the date of entry, at least 14 days must have passed since the second dose of the vaccine was administered.

The certificate must be issued by a public institution in a country or region as follows:

North America
USA (CDC card, Northern Mariana Islands,  New York State, New York City, Virginia State, Philadelphia City, Pennsylvania State, Maryland State, Louisiana State, Washington DC, Washington State, Alberta State), Canada (British Columbia State, Yukon Territory, Quebec State, Ontario State, Newfoundland and Labrador State)
 
Europe
Ireland, Andorra, Italy, United Kingdom, Estonia, Australia, Netherlands, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Finland, France, Bulgaria, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Luxembourg, Kosovo, Belarus
 
Asia
Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan
 
Oceania
Samoa, Palau
 
Latin America and the Caribbean
Ecuador, Belize, Honduras
 
Middle East and Africa
Tunisia, Turkey, Lebanon, Gabon

For more and the most up-to-date information, please refer to web site of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

COVID-19 PCR certificate requirements

All passengers arriving in Japan, including Japanese nationals, must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate for a test taken within 72 hours of departure.

The negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate presented to Japanese immigration officers must meet the approved format, which can be downloaded below.

The certificate must have the passenger’s name and passport number or name and date of birth. Nationality is optional.

Only the original printed certificate or a printout of the emailed certificate will be accepted.

If the certificate does not meet the requirements, passengers will not be accepted to board the flight to Japan.

Using the format approved by the Japanese government for the certificate is highly recommended. But if this is not possible, all the mandatory items should be covered on the certificate.

The test must be by RT-PCR nucleic acid amplification test (including Fluorescent Proving), LAMP nucleic acid amplification test, TMA nucleic acid amplification test, TRC nucleic acid amplification test, Smart Amp nucleic acid amplification test, NEAR nucleic acid amplification test, Next generation sequence or CLEIA quantitative antigen test. The sample should be taken by Nasopharyngeal/ Nasopharynx (Swab/Smear), Rhinopharyngeal/ Rhinopharynx (Swab/Smear), (Deep throat) Saliva and Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal (throat) (Swab/Smear).

Antigen test, rapid antigen test, antibody test are not accepted. For details of the test requirement, please refer here:

There is no exception for children and infants for the negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate requirement.

Exemptions

The following categories of passengers are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate:

  • Air crew
  • US military travelling on travel order
  • Diplomatic visa or official visa holders
  • Pre-school children (generally under 6 years of age) and infants may be exempted if accompanying family adults who live with them hold valid negative COVID-19 PCR certificate.

Quarantine

All passengers arriving in Japan, regardless of their origin, must take an antigen test on arrival. And if they test positive, they will be isolated at a local quarantine facility.

All passengers arriving in Japan are required to undergo a 14-day self quarantine on arrival even if their arrival antigen test is negative, and they are prohibited from taking public transport, including trains, buses, taxies and airplanes.

Passengers returning to/entering Japan are recommended to complete the online quarantine questionnaire prior arrival using link here (Internet access is required) and the QR code issued on website must be presented to a quarantine officer at the arrival airport. If an internet connection is not accessible, then a printed version is acceptable by immigration.

All passengers arriving into Japan must have a smartphone and are required to install the following apps and set the device to Save Location Information (a setting on Google Maps, etc.) preferably before arrival to minimise the waiting time after arrival: Overseas Entrants Locator – OEL (Location information-confirming app), Skype or MySOS (video call app), COVID-19 contact confirming application (COCOA – contact-confirming app)

Passengers who do not have a smartphone, or whose smartphone does not permit the download of the required apps, will be required to rent a smartphone upon arrival in Japan.

Rental fee: the fee per smartphone is approximately 15,000 yen for the 14-day self-quarantine period, inclusive of tax. The actual fee is slightly less, but in view of the fact that most money exchanges do not handle Japanese yen coins, the fee is rounded up to the smallest denomination for notes/bills (i.e. 1,000 yen).

Form of payment: only cash (Japanese yen) and credit cards will be accepted. Please note that:

  1. As there are no money exchanges in the security restricted area at Tokyo Narita and Osaka (KIX), airlines are asked to recommend to passengers at the point of departure to exchange adequate money into Japanese yen to cover the 15,000 yen per smartphone rental fee
  2. Currencies (cash) other than Japanese yen will not be accepted, and
  3. Payment with a credit card is subject to authorisation for the transaction by the card issuing company. Electronic money (for example, Huawei, PayPay, Alipay) will not be accepted.

Families and children: all passengers 13 years of age or older will be required to rent a smartphone if the requirement stated above is applicable. Children 12 years or younger will be exempted. For example, if a family of four that is required to rent a smartphone is comprised of two adults (parents), a 13-year-old child and an 8-year-old child, the 8-year-old will be exempted; hence, the family must rent three (3) smartphones.

A written pledge must be submitted by all passengers regardless of age. Documents completed by an adult (parent or legal guardian) on behalf of small children and infants will be accepted.

Other information

Seamen must be met at the airport by their shipping agent.

For more and most up to date information, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website

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