Japan (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was updated on 31 May 2022.

Is Japan open for visitors?

As of now, Japan’s border is only open to a limited group of visitors. Only the eligible citizens can travel to Japan, provided they follow all the necessary Covid-19 requirements for entry into the country.

However, effective 1 June 2022, Japan will introduce a three-tiered system, categorising countries and regions into ‘Blue’, ‘Yellow’ and ‘Red’ based on low, mid and high risk. Eligible travellers travelling to Japan from their respective categories will be subject to different entry measures, depending on the category their country falls in.

Please note that starting on 10 June 2022, Japan will slowly start opening its borders fully after two years, to International tourists.

Who can travel to Japan?

The following categories of people can enter Japan, at present:

  • Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) for purposes including business and employment.
  • Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a long-term stay.
  • Foreign nationals who are entitled to enter Japan as those with special exceptional circumstances are required to apply for an appropriate visa at Embassies or Consulates or Consular Office of Japan (for Taiwan, Taipei Kaohsiung offices of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association)(hereinafter referred as “Japan’s overseas establishments”) in your country/region.

Please note that starting on 10 June 2022, Japan will slowly start opening its borders fully after two years, to International tourists. However, tourists on tours with fixed schedules and guides will only be allowed entry.

Is Japan open to international tourism?

No, Japan is not fully open to international tourism yet. Only the eligible citizens can travel to Japan, provided they follow all the necessary Covid-19 requirements for entry into the country.

However, effective 1 June 2022, Japan will introduce a three-tiered system, categorising countries and regions into ‘Blue’, ‘Yellow’ and ‘Red’ based on low, mid and high risk. Eligible travellers travelling to Japan from their respective categories will be subject to different entry measures, depending on the category their country falls in.

Please note that starting on 10 June 2022, Japan will slowly start opening its borders fully after two years, to International tourists. However, tourists on tours with fixed schedules and guides will only be allowed entry. Additionally, tourists from areas with low COVID-19 infection rates who have received three vaccine doses will be exempt from testing and quarantine after entry.

Furthermore, Japan is now hosting small experimental package tours from four countries including, Australia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. This development comes following a trial period of approved tour groups from the four countries, that are currently travelling in Japan to test the country’s readiness to open its border to tourism.

What are Japan’s vaccine requirements?

Vaccination is not mandatory in Japan for eligible travellers who can travel to the country. However, the entry requirements for eligible visitors will depend on whether they present a valid vaccine certificate or not. More on this below.

Japan-approved vaccines are as follows:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria
  • Moderna
  • Janssen
  • Covaxin
  • Nuvaxovid

Please note that mix-and-match vaccines are also considered valid.

Source: Japan – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (mofa.go.jp)

What are Japan’s entry requirements?

Until 31 May 2022, eligible travellers to Japan will have to go through the following entry requirements:

Before arrival

The following requirements have to be met before arrival in Japan:

Covid-19 test at airport quarantine

If you test positive for Covid-19 at the airport quarantine, you will need to follow the directions of the Chief of the Quarantine Station and recuperate at a specific facility designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station. In this situation, the quarantine period cannot be shortened

If you test positive with symptoms

  • you may leave if symptoms improve from the date of onset and 72 hours after symptom relief.
  • if the symptoms improve before 10 days from the date of onset, you may leave the facility if the PCR test or antigen test is negative 24 hours after symptom resolution, and continues to be negative for another 24 hours after that.

If you test positive without symptoms

  • if you are designated as close contact, the Health Monitoring Center for Overseas Entrants will notify the cross-border travelers and returnees through the MySOS application.
  • if you are a close contact person, a 7-day home quarantine.

On arrival

From designated countries/regions

At present Russia, Egypt, Pakistan, Bulgaria, South Africa, and Laos are the only countries included in the list of designated countries/regions.

Travellers from the designated countries/regions, who do not bringvalid Covid-19 certificate will be subject to the following measures:

  • undergo a 3-day quarantine at a specific facility designated by the chief of the quarantine station.
  • present a negative test result for the on-arrival PCR test conducted at the facility.

Travellers from the designated countries/regions, who bring a valid Covid-19 certificate will be subject to the following measures:

  • undergo a 3-day home quarantine, and present a negative result of a voluntary test
    or,
  • undergo a 7-day home quarantine without a test.

From countries/regions other than designated countries/regions

Travellers from countries other than the designated countries/regions, who do not bring a valid Covid-19 certificate will be subject to the following measures:

  • undergo a 3-day home quarantine, and present a negative result of a voluntary test
    or,
  • undergo a 7-day home quarantine without a test.

Travellers from countries other than the designated countries/regions, who bring a valid Covid-19 certificate will be subject to the following measures:

  • travellers from this category will not be subject to Home quarantine or any other entry measures.

Please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan page for more details.

New entry requirements

Effective 1 June 2022, Japan will introduce a three-tiered system, categorising countries and regions into ‘Blue’, ‘Yellow’ and ‘Red’ based on low, mid and high risk. Eligible travellers travelling to Japan from their respective categories will be subject to different entry measures:

Blue/Low Risk

The following countries will be included in the Blue or Low-Risk Category in Japan:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentine, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’lvoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyz, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Zambia.

Please note that the arrivals from this category, regardless of the vaccination status, are NOT required to undergo an on-arrival test, home quarantine and any other entry measures.

Yellow/Mid Risk

The following countries will be included in the Yellow or Mid-Risk Category in Japan:

Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cook Island, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Federated States of Micronesia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Macau, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, North Korea, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Portugal, Republic of Burundi, Republic of Congo, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Vanuatu, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Solomon, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Western Sahara, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

The arrivals from this category will be subject to the following measures:

  • an on-arrival test is required.
  • undergo a 7-day home quarantine

or,

  • undergo a 3-day home quarantine, and present a negative result of a voluntary test. However, those who obtain a valid vaccination certificate may:

Please note that travellers who obtain a valid vaccination certificate are NOT required to undergo an on-arrival test, home quarantine or other entry measures.

Red/High Risk

The following countries will be included in the Red or High-Risk Category in Japan:

Albania, Fiji, Pakistan, and Sierra Leone.

The arrivals from this category will be subject to the following measures:

  • an on-arrival test is required.
  • undergo a 3-day quarantine at a government-designated facility is required. However, those who obtain a valid vaccination certificate may:
    • undergo a 7-day home quarantine, or
    • undergo a 3-day home quarantine, and present a negative result of a voluntary test.

Please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan page for more details.