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Travel to Japan

If you are travelling to Japan, you may be required to take a COVID 19 PCR test and submit additional documentation before departure. Please check the requirements before you travel.

COVID-19 testing requirements

All foreign nationals who hold the status of residence with a valid re-entry permit or who hold valid visa issued on and after 3 April 2020 are allowed on flights but they must have a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate. The test must be conducted within 72 hours of departure.

Seamen must have a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate. The test must be conducted within 72 hours of departure. Seamen must be met at the airport by their shipping agent.

The negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate presented to Japanese immigration officers must include the type of test, time/date when sample is collected, result and result date. It is highly recommended to use the approved format for smooth entry.

The test must be by RT-PCR nucleic acid amplification test, LAMP nucleic acid amplification test or Antigen test (CLEIA) using Nasopharyngeal Swab or Saliva.

There is no exception for children and infants for the negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate requirement.


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.

Additionally the following passengers can travel to Japan without the negative PCR test certificate or additional documents:

  • US military members with US passport, Order form (duty/vacation), or Military ID
  • Customers who have never been to 152 countries/regions designated as an area subject to denial of permission to enter Japan in the last 14 days. e.g. Passengers from Syria, Yemen, Eritrea, Mauritania, Mari, Niger, Chad, Tanzania, Angola, Mozambique, Uganda, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, etc., do not require COVID 19 PCR test certificate, as of 1 November. Please refer to the updated list of restricted countries on the Japan Foreign Affairs website.


All arriving passengers to Japan regardless where they have been are required 14 days self-quarantine after arrival Japan and are prohibited to take any public transport including trains/buses/taxies and airplanes.

Effective 30 November 2020, it is recommended that all passengers travelling to Narita (Japan) complete the online quarantine questionnaire before check-in using link here and obtain QR code. At check-in, passengers are encouraged to present the QR code.

Other information

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

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