International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Restricted

Entry into Japan From United States is Restricted

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

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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.

Start Date
9/27/2021
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Before You Leave

Mandatory

Mandatory quarantine questionnaire

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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.

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Mandatory

Mandatory proof of vaccination

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Travelers are considered fully vaccinated after it has passed at least 14 days after received 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.

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Mandatory

Proof of negative COVID-19 test results

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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.

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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.

Testing Options
  • A Rt Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Lamp Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Antigen Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Tma Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
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In Transit

Not Required

No testing requirement for transit travelers

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Travelers who are not entering Japan and transferring directly to a third country by transit, are not required to submit any documents and undergo COVID-19 PCR tests.

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The following cases require entry into Japan hence have to go through regular entry procedures:

  • Transferring between Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) and Narita International Airport;
  • Travelers with a connecting flight out of Narita International Airport the following day.
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On Arrival

Mandatory

Mandatory written pledge

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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.

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Mandatory

Mandatory 14-day quarantine for vaccinated travelers

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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.

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14 days
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Mandatory

Mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival

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

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While You're There

Recommended

Masks are recommended in public

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Travelers are recommended to wear masks in public.

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Japan Tourism
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COVID-19 Risk Information

High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is high in Japan.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
4.37
Increased by-2.72
at 10/16/2021
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
1.10%
Increased by-0.70%
at 10/14/2021
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
75.05%
Increased by1.93%
at 10/14/2021
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
94,599,325
Increased by2,424,993
at 10/14/2021
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
0.48
Decreased by0.02
at 10/12/2021

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

General

Although restrictions are gradually lifting, they may be re-introduced at any time and preventative health measures remain encouraged. More restrictive or relaxed guidance may be in effect depending on the prefecture you are visiting. Information relating to the COVID-19 response in Japan can be found at https://corona.go.jp/en/e...
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10/16/2021

Use of mask

local guidelines for use of mask
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Recommended
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Face masks are recommended to be worn in all public spaces and on public transport. Private businesses and workplaces may set their own policies or guidance.

Public transportation

local guidelines for public transportation
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Restrictions in place
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Public transportation is operating with social distancing rules in place.

Restaurants

local guidelines for restaurants
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Restrictions in place
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Restaurants are open but restrictions may be in place depending on the prefecture.

Bars

local guidelines for bars
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Open
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Bars are open but restrictions may be in place depending on the prefecture.

Nightclubs

local guidelines for nightclubs
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Restrictions in place
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Nightclubs are open but restrictions may be in place depending on the prefecture.

Shops

local guidelines for shops
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Restrictions in place
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Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing. Restrictions may vary depending on the prefecture.

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