Japan (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Please refer to the following link for the information regarding the countries/regions whose COVID-19 vaccination certificates are recognized as valid by the Government of Japan.
List of countries and regions whose COVID-19 vaccination certificates are recognized as valid for entry into Japan (PDF) Open a New Window
COVID-19 vaccination certificates are recognized as valid only if all of the following conditions (1.-5.) are fulfilled.
A copy of the original COVID-19 vaccination certificate must be submitted to the quarantine station.

The following items must be listed either in Japanese or English.
(1) Name
(2) Date of birth
(3) Product name / Manufacturer of the Vaccines
(4) Date of vaccination
(5) The number of COVID-19 vaccine doses
The COVID-19 vaccination certificate must be issued by an official body such as government of any of the countries/ regions listed in the link above.

(Note) For a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Japan, the following certificates or records are valid.
Vaccination Certificate of COVID-19 issued by either the Government of Japan or a local public authority/municipality in Japan (The Vaccination Certificate of COVID-19 for overseas travel)
Certificate of Vaccination for COVID-19 issued by a local public authority/ municipality in Japan
Record of vaccination for COVID-19 issued by medical institutions in Japan

Other documents equivalent to the certificates and record listed above
The name/manufacturer of the vaccines must be one of the following.
COMIRNATY/Pfizer
Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca
COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna/Moderna
(Note) The Name/Manufacturer of the Vaccines above are those approved in Japan.

(Note)From 0:00 am (JST) on October 12 2021 Covishield vaccine licensed by AstraZeneca and manufactured by Serum Institute of India is treated as identical to Vaxzevria vaccine, Intramuscular injection manufactured by AstraZeneca and is accepted as a valid vaccination certificate if other conditions are met.

You must be inoculated at least 2 doses of the vaccines listed in 3.
(Note) If you are administered 2 different types of vaccines, both vaccines must be listed in 3. above.
It will be approved if at least 14 days have passed after the date of second dose.

(Note) The day of the second vaccination does not count as one of the 14 days.
For more details, please refer to the following link.
Shortening or exempting quarantine period for arriving travelers who have a valid vaccination certificate (PDF)
Tourist Entry: Banned
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 15.12.2021
1. Until 31 December 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Japan;
– spouses or children of nationals of Japan;
– special permanent residents of Japan;
– spouses or children of permanent residents of Japan;
– US military personnel, civilian personnel, and their dependents. They must have SOFA status and have the required documents stipulated in Article IX of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement;
– passengers with a “D” visa (only (D) as Diplomat) or an “S” visa (only (S) as Spouse, Child of Japanese or (S) as Spouse of Permanent Resident);
– passengers with a visa issued by Japan outside Japan on or after 2 December 2021;
– passengers with a visa issued by Japan and a “Letter of Embassy/Consulate General/Consular Office of Japan”;
– residents of Japan with the status of residence of “diplomatic”;
– residents of Japan with a re-entry permit who in the past 14 days have not been in Angola, Botswana, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe;
– residents of Japan with the status of residence of “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident” with a re-entry permit who in the past 14 days have been in Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe and who departed Japan on or before 1 December 2021;
– residents of Japan with the status of residence of “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of a Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident” with a re-entry permit who in the past 14 days have been in Congo (Dem. Rep.) and who departed Japan on or before 10 December 2021.
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/ECLEIA), 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 embarkation point; and
– be in English.
Details can be found at https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/bordercontrol.html#2_1 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, and their dependents. They must have SOFA status and have the required documents stipulated in Article IX of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement;
– passengers with a consular letter specifying why the test could not be taken.
4. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days. Details can be found at https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000866889.pdf
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. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Passengers transiting through Tokyo (NRT) must transit on the same calendar day.
14. 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.
15. Passengers must install the “MySOS” mobile app.
– This does not apply to US military personnel, civilian personnel, and their dependents. They must have SOFA status and have the required documents stipulated in Article IX of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Japan has currently closed its borders to all foreign nationals due to the emergence of the Omicron variant.

When regular travel resumes the following rules will be in place:

Japan has made a list of countries that cannot enter the country, this list changes on an almost daily basis. Check here for the complete list (https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/)

Japanese nationals coming from abroad are required to isolate for two weeks.

Businesspeople have been allowed to enter Japan from Asian countries including Vietnam and Thailand if they meet certain conditions, including providing negative COVID-19 test results.

Foreign students on government grants can also currently enter the country.

New entry to Japan by foreign nationals from the majority of countries is currently not permitted. Foreign residents of Japan returning to Japan may re-enter unless they have visited these countries (https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html#section2) within the past 14 days.

Fully-vaccinated travellers are exempt from some of the usual quarantine and self-isolation requirements. To be eligible for exemptions, travellers must:
– Have been double vaccinated a minimum of 14 days prior to entering Japan
– Have been vaccinated with the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccines
– Hold proof of vaccination in English or Japanese from an approved country/region. The list of approved countries can be found on the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s website.
– The proof of vaccination must include the traveller’s name, date of birth, details of when you were vaccinated, how many times and the name of the company which produced the vaccine

All those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours before your flight departure time. Arrivals from most countries will further be required to undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival and to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or your own home) even if the test result is negative. If you are coming from the UK or a number of other countries, you will also be required to spend the first 3 days of that self-isolation in a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day. All arrivals are also asked to sign a pledge to abide by quarantine rules, with penalties for those who fail to comply with its requirements.

All passengers arriving in Japan are required to complete a health questionnaire before disembarkation, including contact details. They are then required to undergo a COVID-19 test at the airport. You will be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to your accommodation.

Businesspeople have been allowed to enter Japan from Asian countries including Vietnam and Thailand if they meet certain conditions, including providing negative COVID-19 test results.

Japanese nationals coming from abroad are required to isolate for two weeks.

Enter Japan from a country such as the UK, which requires no more than 3 days’ hotel quarantine. Additionally, you must not have visited any countries requiring 6 or 10 days’ quarantine in the previous 14 days.

Unvaccinated travellers are required to sign a pledge upon arrival confirming that they will quarantine and self-isolate for a total of 14 days. This pledge will also ask individuals to refrain from using public transport; install Japan’s COVID-19 tracing app; maintain location data for 14 days via your smartphone mapping application and agree to disclose location data if requested by the quarantine authority.

Failure to comply with these requests could lead to you being subject to detention under the Quarantine Act. It could also lead to your name and relevant information related to reducing the spread of infection being released; and for foreign nationals, possible revocation of their status of residence and subsequent deportation. If you do not wish to sign this pledge, you will be asked to quarantine for 14 days at a place designated by the quarantine authority.

Having signed the pledge, unvaccinated travellers will be requested to spend 3 days in quarantine at a government-provided hotel, with further COVID-19 tests on the third day (the date of arrival counts as Day 0). Children over the age of 12 will be asked to quarantine without a guardian, the Japanese authorities may offer some flexibility on this point but this is not guaranteed. If the tests are negative, travellers will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation at home or in a self-arranged hotel.
 

Lockdown Details

Although the virus has not spread in Japan at a rate seen in Europe and North America, the rise of infections and resulting impact on the healthcare system have led to the declaration of several states of emergency since spring 2020. The most recent state of emergency, during which drinking establishments were requested to remain closed, was lifted at the end of September 2021, but some restrictions on the sale of alcoholic drinks have remained in place at dining and drinking establishments in some parts of the country even after the lifting of the state of emergency.

Most tourist attractions in Japan were closed during the first state of emergency in spring 2020, and some closed again during subsequent states of emergency; however, the vast majority of attractions are now open again. Many events and festivals, on the other hand, continue to be cancelled.
 

Sources

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