US To Japan Travel Restrictions, Flights News & Travel Ban In 2021 – Advisory & Requirements

This page was last updated on 03 November, 2021.


At a Glance

Most travelers from United States are not allowed to enter Japan yet.
Source: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Japan: Closed for Travel

Entry restricted for international travelers
International travelers who have been in selected countries 14 days prior to arrival are not allowed to enter Japan.

Details and Exemptions:Re-entry permission candidates:
-Japanese nationals;
-Holders of permanent or long-term residency permits (eijusha or teijusha) with a re-entry permit or re-entry confirmation letter;
-Spouses or children of Japanese citizens or permanent residents with valid visas;
-Direct relatives of Japanese nationals with valid visas.

For a full list of exemptions, please see the source.

The Business Track and Residence Track programs have been suspended until the lifting of the state of emergency in Japan.
Source: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

14 days quarantine

Mandatory 14-day quarantine for vaccinated travelers
Fully vaccinated travelers from selected countries are required to be in quarantine at home or other designated areas for 14 days. The quarantine can be shortened to 10 days if a traveler meets the required exemptions.

Please see the source for more details on approved exemptions.

Source: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

COVID-19 test required

Mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival
Travelers including Japanese nationals are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.

Source: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Masks are not required

Masks are recommended in public
Travelers are recommended to wear masks in public.

Source: Japan Tourism

Required Documents for your Trip

Mandatory proof of vaccination
Travelers are considered fully vaccinated after at least 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose in a 2 doses regime. The day of the second vaccination does not count as one of the 14 days.
For travelers who received 2 different types of vaccines, vaccines must be accepted in Japan.
Vaccines accepted in Japan are Comirnaty/Pfizer, Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca/Covishield, and Moderna. The following items on a vaccination certificate such as name, date of birth, the vaccine name, date of vaccination, and a number of doses must be listed either in Japanese or English.
The COVID-19 vaccination certificate must be issued by an official body such as the government of any of these countries: Ireland, Andorra, Italy, United Kingdom, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Finland, France, Bulgaria, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Luxembourg, Kosovo, Belarus, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Maldives, Samoa, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Belize, Paraguay, Honduras, Tunisia, Turkey, Lebanon, Gabon, United States, and Canada.

For more details regarding vaccination certificates accepted in Japan, please see the source.

Source: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mandatory quarantine questionnaire
Travelers must fill up a quarantine questionnaire form, 1 per person, and present the QR code upon arrival. Paper forms are also available at the airport.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Document: Complete online
Mandatory written pledge
All Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with a status of residence traveling to Japan are required to pledge to follow specific health measures and provide their contact information.

Source: Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Document: Download PDF
Proof of negative COVID-19 test results
Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 (RT-PCR, LAMP, TMA, TRC, Smart Amp, NEAR, or CLEIA) test result. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure.

This includes Japanese nationals, Business Track, and Residence Track travelers too.

Qualitative antigen tests are not accepted. Please check the source to verify the valid format for the certificate of negative results.

Details and Exemptions:The test results must have a name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, gender, test method, test result, sample collection date and time, test result determination date, test certificate issuance date, medical institution name, address, medical institution imprint or signature in English.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
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