Travel Restrictions Entering Japan from the United States for Unvaccinated Travelers

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Summary

Border Status

Allowed

Travel is allowed with restrictions

Allowed

Transit is allowed

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Mandatory COVID-19 Test

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Recommended Masks

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1x Mandatory Documents

Last Major Change

Cases Per Million

864.27
Decreased by 58.92
at 12/4/2022

Vaccinated

84.23%
Increased by 0.02%
at 12/1/2022
Return Status
Restricted

Entry is restricted for unvaccinated travelers

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The information on this page is applicable to people who are unvaccinated and traveling from the United States to Japan.

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Border Status

Allowed

Travel is allowed with restrictions

Border Type
Air Sea
Description

Travelers can enter Japan.

Please check the documentation and/or testing requirements before traveling.

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Allowed

Transit is allowed

Border Type
Air
Description

Travelers can transit through Japan as long as they stay in the airport’s international departure area until their next flight. Overnight transit is not allowed at Narita Airport since it doesn’t operate 24 hours.

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Before You Leave

Mandatory

Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results is required for vaccinated travelers without boosters and unvaccinated travelers

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Travel Purpose
Tourism Medical Business
Description

Unvaccinated and vaccinated travelers without a booster dose must have a negative COVID-19 (PCR, LAMP, TMA, TRC, Smart Amp, NEAR, Next-generation sequence, or CLEIA) test result. Travelers must take the test a maximum of 72 hours before departure. The test must be conducted by either a nasopharyngeal swab, a saliva sample, or a combination of nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs. Nasal swab tests (limited to nucleic acid amplification test) are also accepted as valid specimens for the pre-departure test.

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

Quantitative COVID-19 antigen tests are accepted. However, 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, date of birth, a testing method for COVID-19, sample, specimen collection date and time, test result, name of the medical institution, and date of issue. When using an optional form, please highlight the required items so that the inspection certificate can be confirmed smoothly.

This testing requirement doesn’t apply to the following travelers:

  • Travelers under the age of 18 who are accompanied by a fully-vaccinated parent (who has received their booster shot) who supervises their activities as those travelers will be treated as fully vaccinated;
  • Travelers under the age of 6 who are accompanied by an unvaccinated parent with a valid negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result.
Testing Options
  • A Pcr Test Up To 72 hours
  • A Lamp Test Up To 72 hours
  • A TMA Test Up To 72 hours
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Mandatory

Mandatory quarantine questionnaire

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Description

Travelers must fill up a quarantine questionnaire form, 1 per person, and present the QR code on arrival. Travelers can complete the procedure in the pre-application system Fast Track.

Please see more details regarding Fast Track registration.

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Recommended

Recommended Visit Japan Web application

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Description

Travelers are recommended to register via email on the Visit Japan Web before arriving in Japan. Travelers must obtain QR codes and present each QR code at immigration and customs on arrival.

Please see more details regarding registration on Visit Japan Web.

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For Transit

Not Required

Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results is not required for transit

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Travel Purpose
Transit
Description

Travelers not entering Japan and transferring directly to a third country by transit don’t need to submit documents and undergo COVID-19 PCR tests.

More Details

The following cases require entry into Japan and 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

Not Required

Quarantine is not required

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Description

Travelers don’t need to quarantine on arrival in Japan.

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While There

Recommended

Masks are recommended in public

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Description

Travelers are recommended to wear masks in public places where social distancing is not possible.

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This mask requirement doesn’t apply to the following travelers:

  • Travelers under the age of 6.
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COVID-19 Risk Information

Very High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is very high in Japan.
Daily New Cases Per Million more information indicator
864.27
Decreased by 58.92
at
Positive Test Rate more information indicator
14.83%
Decreased by 8.23%
at
Percent Vaccinated more information indicator
84.23%
Increased by 0.02%
at
People Vaccinated more information indicator
104,409,189
Increased by 34,072
at
Reproduction Rate more information indicator
1.21
Decreased by 0.09
at

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

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