As of September 26, 2022, you don`t necessarily need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter Japan, but it may affect which visa you`re eligible for, whether you need to take a PCR test before your trip and upon arrival, and whether and for how long you need to quarantine. For more information, see the information above about Japan`s three-tier system and its component requirements. Exceptions are envisaged to a very limited extent. Please contact the nearest embassy or consulate to request an exemption. Please visit CDC websites for more information on exemptions and requirement for proof of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery for all air passengers arriving in the United States. For pre-assessment purposes, email the completed application form with all requirements in one (1) PDF file to visa@DELETEphilembassy.net with the FULL NAME_Visa-Pre-Evaluation topic (e.g. YUKI SATO_Visa Pre-Evaluation). All travelers arriving in Japan must quarantine for 14 days at their place of residence or elsewhere. Travelers who arrive without proper documentation of a negative COVID-19 test will be denied entry to Japan. The Japanese government has announced that foreign residents, including U.S. citizens, who violate quarantine instructions can have their residency status revoked and must be deported. More information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 19. As of March 2021, all travelers, including Japanese nationals, must present a negative test result certificate upon entry into Japan, taken within 72 hours prior to departure from the country/region where travelers are staying. Those who do not provide a negative test result certificate will be denied entry to Japan in accordance with the quarantine law. Please contact the Japanese embassies or consulates or consulate if it is really difficult to get the negative test result certificate. As of January 8, 2021, all persons entering, re-entering or returning to Japan (including Japanese nationals) must also take a COVID-19 test upon arrival, whether or not they are entering from countries/regions designated as denied entry to Japan. Then they are obliged to stay for 14 days in a place determined by the head of the quarantine station (own residence, etc.) and refrain from public transport. From January 14, 2021 until further notice, all Japanese and foreign citizens with residency status must also agree not to use public transportation for 14 days and quarantine at home or other designated areas for 14 days, keep location data and make it available to health centers or other institutions. on request. (If separate quarantine measures are to be taken, these must also be promised.) You must sign and submit the written undertaking (PDF) upon entry into Japan. If they are violated, they may be detained under the Quarantine Act, and the following applies: (i.) For Japanese nationals, names and other information that helps prevent the spread of infection may be made public. (ii.) In the case of foreigners with resident status, names, nationalities and other information that helps prevent the spread of infection may be published.
They may also be subject to withdrawal of residency status and deportation proceedings under the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. Those who do not submit the “written undertaking” are requested to stay for 14 days in a place designated by the head of the quarantine station (only in accommodation reserved by the quarantine office). Quarantine information can be pre-recorded to save time at Japan`s major airports. You can answer the questionnaire and register the Covid-19 certificate for negative tests in the MySOS or MySOS Web app. (If you are from countries or regions in the “Blue” group, you can select “Will not submit” for your vaccination status in the MySOS/web app. Regardless of vaccination status, no form of isolation is required after entry.) 2. Refusal to return from certain countries/regions in response to COVID-19 variants of special treatment for border measures August 24, 2022: In a very positive development, the government is considering opening the border to independent travelers as long as they book their visit through a travel agent. Currently, visitors can travel to Japan for tourism purposes, but only if they participate in guided tours organized by authorized agencies. These tours, which began in June, have been poorly received due to restrictions on travelers, including accompanying a guide, mandatory face masks, regular temperature checks and limited exercise. It is hoped that the relaxation of these strict requirements will lead to the first significant increase in international tourism since the beginning of the pandemic. As of December 2, 2021 at 00:00 (JST), as an emergency precautionary measure from a preventive point of view against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus (B.1.1.529), the validity of visas already issued until December 2, 2021, with the exception of the residency status “spouse or child of a Japanese national”, “spouse or child of a permanent resident” or “diplomat” will be suspended for the time being. This measure does not apply to foreign nationals who went abroad before 00:00 (JST) on December 2, 2021 and arrive in Japan thereafter.
10. Installing apps and other requirements when entering Japan January 7, 2021: In response to the growing spread of COVID-19 in Japan and after discussions on suspending entry for all foreigners, the government announced that the 11 nationalities eligible to travel under the “residency track” and “business track” can continue to apply to travel to Japan and Japan. Foreign residents of Japan with a valid entry visa and Japanese citizens can also enter. The situation continues to evolve and the government`s decision may well be reversed if circumstances so require. We will update this page as more information becomes available. Independent visa-free travel resumed on 11 October. Citizens of 68 countries can now travel to Japan visa-free. Here is the list of visa waiver trips of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you do not need to apply for a visa in advance. You will receive a 90-day tourist visa upon arrival in Japan (note that there are only a few exceptions listed on the MOFA website). You may still need a negative Covid test within 72 hours of your flight to Japan (see details below).