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Japanese nationals, passengers with special permanent resident status or diplomat or official resident status will be allowed on flights without a negative COVID-19 certificate and are not required to hold the "Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Necessary Documentation For Re-entry Into Japan”; however, they must complete all arrival documents.

Seamen must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The test must be conducted within 72 hours of departure. The certificate presented to Japanese immigration officers must be in the approved format. Seamen must be met at the airport by their shipping agent.

Passengers who hold a Japan entry visa issued after 3 April 2020 must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The test must be conducted within 72 hours of departure. The certificate presented to Japanese immigration officers must be in the approved format.

Passengers who hold a government scholarship student visa must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate for a test conducted within 72 hours of departure. Government scholarship student visa holders who have a letter issued by the Japan embassy/consular office do not require the COVID-19 PCR negative certificate.

Foreign nationals who departed from Japan on or before 31 August 2020 must have re-entry permission, a “Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Necessary Documentation for Re-entry into Japan” (passengers will receive this from the embassy/consulate general after submitting all the required documents) and a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The test must be conducted within 72 hours of departure. The certificate presented to Japanese immigration officers must be in the approved format.

Foreign nationals who have a receipt for request of re-entry and who left Japan after 1 September 2020 must have re-entry permission, receipt for request of re-entry or e-mail from the immigration office and a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The test must be conducted within 72 hours of departure. The certificate presented to Japanese immigration officers must be in the approved format.

Foreign nationals who have no receipt for request of re-entry and who left Japan after 1 September 2020 must present the following documents:

  • Re-entry permission
  • The “Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Necessary Documentation for Re-entry into Japan” (passengers will receive this from the embassy/consulate general after submitting all the required documents)  
  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. The test must be conducted within 72 hours of departure. The certificate presented to Japanese immigration officers must be in the approved format.
  • Documents certifying the need for humanitarian consideration or the presence of the public interest (this is not required if the passenger already has the letter of confirmation)

Please read the procedures to request re-entry to Japan. 

For more information please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website