Japan (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 21 July, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Covid-19 test required for some countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Self-isolation for 14 days required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 19.07.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter if in the past 14 days they have been in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chile, Comoros, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vatican City (Holy See), Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals of Japan;
– spouses or children of nationals of Japan if they can prove it;
– passengers with a Special Permanent Residence Permit. They must also have a Re-entry Permit or an Embarkation and Disembarkation Card;
– residents of Japan with a re-entry permit if they in the past 14 days have not been in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka;
– residents of Japan with a re-entry permit who in the past 14 days have been in India, Nepal or Pakistan. They must have the status of “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, and they must have left Japan by 13 May 2021;
– residents of Japan with a re-entry permit who in the past 14 days have been in Bangladesh or Maldives. They must have the status of “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, and they must have left Japan by 19 May 2021;
– residents of Japan with a re-entry permit who in the past 14 days have been in Sri Lanka. They must have the status of “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, and they must have left Japan by 20 May 2021;
– residents of Japan with a re-entry permit who in the past 14 days have been in Afghanistan. They must have the status of “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, and they must have left Japan by 2 June 2021;
– passengers with a visa issued by Japan outside Japan. The date of issue must be later than the date when the country of issue was designated by Japan as an area subject to landing denial (details can be found at http://www.moj.go.jp/isa/content/001347332.pdf );
– passengers with a diplomatic or an official visa issued by Japan;
– passengers with a single or multiple-entry visa issued on or before 2 April 2020 by Japanese Embassies or Consulates General in Australia, New Zealand and Taipei Kaohsiung offices of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association;
– US military personnel;
– civilian personnel of the US armed forces in Japan and their dependents;
– merchant seamen;
– passengers with an Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card (OIAC) or Paralympic Identity and Accreditation Card (PIAC) (including cards in Pre-Valid Card (PVC) format). They must also have a Written Pledge;
– passengers with an Invitation Letter issued by Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and a “Prior Consent Form” to the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT).
2. Passengers must complete a “Quarantine Questionnaire” at https://arqs-qa.followup.mhlw.go.jp/ . This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.
3. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result. Tests accepted are LAMP, NEAR, Next Generation Sequence, quantitative antigen (CLEIA), RT-PCR, Smart Amp, TMA or TRC. The test must:
– specify that it is based on nasopharyngeal swab, saliva, or nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab; and
– be taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first international embarkation point; and
– be in English.
Details can be found at https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000800272.pdf and https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page25e_000334.html .
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 6 years;
– passengers with a diplomatic or an official visa issued by Japan;
– US military personnel;
– civilian personnel of the US armed forces in Japan and their dependents;
– passengers with a consular letter specifying why the test could not be taken.
4. Passengers are subject to COVID-19 test after arrival and quarantine for 14 days; details can be found at https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html .
5. Visa exemption for passengers with a British passport, Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport, Hong Kong (SAR China) passport and Macao (SAR China) passport is suspended.
6. Visa exemption for nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See) is suspended.
7. Visa exemption for nationals of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Samoa, Solomon Isl., Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam with a diplomatic, official or service passport is suspended.
8. Visa exemption granted to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card issued by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), Indonesia, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russian Fed., Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam, is suspended.
9. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a passport issued in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province (China People’s Rep.) are not allowed to enter Japan.
– This does not apply when passengers can prove that they have not been in Hubei Province and Zhejiang Province the last 14 days.
10. Visas issued on or before 8 March 2020 by a diplomatic representation of Japan in China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Korea (Rep.) or Macao (SAR China) are invalidated.
11. Visas issued on or before 20 March 2020 by a diplomatic representation of Japan in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See) are invalidated.
12. Visas issued on or before 27 March 2020 by a diplomatic representation of Japan in Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam are invalidated.
13. Visas issued on or before 2 April 2020 by a diplomatic representation of Japan in Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Isl., Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Isl., Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States), Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian Territory, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Isl., Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia or Zimbabwe are invalidated.
14. Passengers transiting through Tokyo (NRT) must transit on the same calendar day.
15. Visas issued with “EX-B” or “EX-R” in the Remarks column by a diplomatic representation of Japan in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Korea (Rep.), Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam are not accepted for entry.
16. Passengers must install the “MySOS” mobile app.
17. Passengers with an Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card (OIAC) or Paralympic Identity and Accreditation Card (PIAC) (including cards in Pre-Valid Card (PVC) format) must present a QR code from the app OCHA before departure and upon arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a “Prior Consent Form” to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) or the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT);
– passengers with a Written Pledge.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Due to the spread of new, more contagious strains of the virus, Japan is closing its borders until further notice to all new foreign arrivals except foreign residents of Japan or under special circumstances.

It is currently undecided when regular tourists will again be able to enter the country, but it is unlikely to happen in considerable numbers before autumn 2021 after the end of the Olympic and Paralympic games.
 

Lockdown Details

Although the virus has not spread in Japan at a rate seen in Europe and North America, a rise of infections and the resulting impact on the healthcare system have led to the declaration of a third state of emergency in parts of the country in April. In the meantime, the state of emergency has been lifted again in all prefectures, except in Okinawa and Tokyo where it is scheduled to be observed until August 22. A “quasi state of emergency” is furthermore observed in another four of Japan’s 47 prefectures.

During the state of emergency, drinking establishments are requested to remain closed. Furthermore, large shopping facilities and tourist attractions are requested to close or to close early in the evenings.

States of emergency were previously observed in spring 2020 nationwide (when schools and a wide array of businesses were closed) and in early 2021 in parts of the country (when early closures of dining and drinking establishments were requested in the evenings).
 

Sources

https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co