United States to Japan Latest Travel Restrictions

Entry into Japan

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Quarantine

Not required

Vaccinations

Travelers who carry proof they have completed a full vaccination regimen using a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by Japanese authorities are exempt from pre-departure testing requirements.

COVID-19 Testing

Unvaccinated travelers must carry proof of a negative nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) result issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

Forms and Visas

All travelers (including business travelers) must obtain a valid visa prior to departure. All travelers (including Japanese nationals) must sign and submit a Written Pledge when entering Japan. Travelers must also submit an online Questionnaire and must install the MySOS mobile application.

Travel/Medical Insurance

Not required

Masks

Masks are required in most public spaces.
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COVID-19 Testing
·Passengers suspected of having Covid-19 will be subject to Covid-19 testing on arrival. If the test result is positive, passengers must quarantine in a designated facility at their own expense.
·Passengers aged older than 6 years entering, re-entering, or returning to Japan must submit an electronic or printed inspection certificate showing a negative Covid-19 test result where the sample collection was carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or their entry will be refused. The inspection certificate needs to be issued by a medical institute. Children aged between 6 and 18 years are exempt from holding a negative Covid-19 test result provided they are accompanied by their parents with a negative test result.

Currently only the following methods of collecting test samples are valid and accepted by Japanese authorities:

  • Nasopharyngeal Swab;
  • Saliva; or
  • Nasopharynx and Oropharyngeal swabs.

The negative test result must include all of the following information:

  1. Passenger's name, date of birth;
  2. Testing method (RT-PCR, LAMP, TMA, TRC, SMART AMP, NEAR, Next Generation Sequence, Quantitative Antigen test (CLEIA) are accepted. Other forms of antigen tests will not be accepted;
  3. Sample collection method;
  4. A negative test result, sample collection date and time, date of issuance of the test result;
  5. Name of the medical institute; and
  6. Must be written in English, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Ukrainian, Urdu or Vietnamese.

The requirement to hold a negative Covid-19 test result does not apply to passengers holding a consular letter from a Japanese overseas diplomatic establishment or foreign embassy in Japan stating that passengers cannot obtain a negative test result prior to travel for a justifiable reason. These passengers will be subject to a Covid-19 test on the third day after arrival, and must quarantine at a designated place. After receiving a negative test result, they will be required to install the Covid-19 Contact-Confirming application (COCOA) and continue their quarantine at home until 14 days after arrival.

Forms and Visas
·Passengers must register on Visit Japan Web before departure.

This does not apply to passengers who will complete a disembarkation card and custom declaration form upon arrival.

Other Regulations
·Passengers are required to set their smartphone to save location information and must install the Covid-19 Contact Confirming Application (COCOA) on arrival for the implementation of quarantine.

Passengers will be able to rent a smart phone at the airport at their own expense if they do not have a smartphone. Further information can be found here.

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Vaccination is not required for travel but if you are fully vaccinated you may face fewer travel restrictions.

Passengers are considered fully vaccinated against Covid-19 if they hold proof that they have received 3 (three) doses of any of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca, CanSino Biologics, Covaxin, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, Novavax, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm, or Sinovac vaccine. One dose of Johnson and Johnson and CanSino Biologics vaccine is considered equivalent to two doses of the other vaccines. A combination of these vaccines is also accepted.

The vaccination certificate must be issued in English or Japanese or it must be accompanied by a translation in English or Japanese, and it must include the passenger’s name, date of birth, vaccine name/manufacturer, date of vaccination, and the number of doses administered.

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Returning to United States

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Quarantine

Not required. All travelers are encouraged to self-isolate for 7 days and to undergo testing for COVID-19.

Vaccinations

Foreign nationals must have proof they completed a full vaccination regimen using a COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO).

COVID-19 Testing

Not required

Travel/Medical Insurance

Not required

Masks

Mask mandates vary by state and locality. Masks are required inside some private businesses.
During COVID-19, entry policies are frequently updated. For easier travel planning, we highly recommend subscribing to entry policy updates via email for your departure location and destination.
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Detailed Regulations

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COVID-19 Testing
Forms and Visas
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