Entry requirements to Japan
The Japanese authorities have introduced requirements for customers arriving in the country.
Please note that travel restrictions are subject to change on short notice. As a traveller you are always responsible for ensuring that you fulfill the requirements of your destination and possible transit country.
Travel document requirements
If you have been in Finland in the past 14 days, you are not allowed to enter Japan. There are however some exceptions, which you can find below:
- Japanese nationals are allowed to enter Japan. Also, their spouses and children can enter, as long as the relationship can be proved. If a Japanese national has visited South Africa or the UK, he is from 13 January 2021 onwards required to complete and sign a written pledge that he will adhere to the self-isolation and other requirements. The form can be obtained and completed on arrival in Japan.
- Permanent residents (re-entry permit holders) are allowed to enter Japan. If a permanent resident has visited South Africa or the UK, he s from 13 January 2021 onwards are required to complete and sign a written pledge that he will adhere to the self-isolation and other requirements. The form can be obtained and completed on arrival in Japan.
- Holders of Japanese visas issued after 21 March 2020 are allowed to enter, provided the visa is still valid and there is no remark EX-R in the remarks-column of the visa. EX-R visa holders are not allowed entry.
- Also following passengers are allowed to enter: holders of valid diplomatic visas, U.S. military personnel, civilian personnel of U.S. armed forces and their dependents and merchant seamen.
Digital health questionnaire
You are required to fill in an electronic health questionnaire prior to travel and to present a QR code to the airline agent, before boarding, and to the authorities upon arrival. Only if you do not have a smart phone or other electronic device to complete the online questionnaire, the authorities will allow you to complete a paper form on arrival.
Please fill in the online quarantine questionnaire here.
You are required to submit a written pledge that you will adhere to the self-isolation and all other requirements imposed by the Japanese authorities, violating the pledge may result in consequences. The form can be obtained and completed on arrival in Japan or in beforehand via the Japanese ministry’s website.
You can read more information about the written pledge here.
Mandatory health related applications
As of 19 March 2021, you are required to download health/quarantine monitoring applications on your smart phone and use it to ensure implementation of the quarantine measures at your home, hotel or other designated locations for 14 days after arriving in Japan. If you do not have a smart phone that enables the downloading of the required applications, you will need to rent such a phone when you arrive in Japan.
You can read more information about the applications here.
Coronavirus testing requirements
You are required to hold a medical certificate of a negative coronavirus test result taken earliest 72 hours before travel. The certificate must include all the following details:
- Your personal information (full name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, gender).
- The test type, which must be of one of the following:
- Smart Amp
- Next Generation Sequence
- Indication of the test method, which must be one of the following:
- Nasopharyngeal swab-test
- If the certificate says, for example, nasal swab, nose swab, oral swab, throat swab or a combination of these, it is not accepted.
- The test result, which must be indicated as negative.
- The date and time of sampling, the date of test result and the date of issuance of the certificate (all three dates must be indicated on the certificate).
- The name and address of the medical institution.
- The name of the doctor and either the signature of the doctor or a stamp/seal.
- For more information about the approved certificates please see here.
Please note, that it is essential that your coronavirus test certificate includes all the required details. In case any of the above listed mandatory details are missing, you cannot be accepted for travel to Japan.
The requirement does not apply to you, if
you hold a diplomatic or an official visa issued by Japan.
you are travelling via Japan to a third country by airplane, within 24 hours.
you are a member of the US military personnel.
you are a civilian but a member of the U.S. armed forces in Japan, or you are a family member/dependant of a member of the U.S. armed forces.
If you have visited Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, the UK, Ukraine or United Arab Emirates prior to your trip to Japan, you are subject to quarantine in a government facility. Starting from 09 April 2021 quarantine is required also if you arrive in Japan from Finland, Spain or province of Ontario in Canada.
- You will be tested for coronavirus at the airport after arrival in Japan and sent to the government quarantine facility for 3 days after testing.
- On the third day after entry you will be tested again and if the result is negative, you will be allowed to leave the quarantine facility provided you remain in self-isolation at your own accommodation for a total of 14 days counted from the day of entry to Japan. Using public transportation is not allowed during the 14 days from arrival.
- If you have only transited via one of the countries mentioned above without leaving the transit area of the airport, you are not subject to the 3-day quarantine in a government facility. You are still required to take a coronavirus test upon arrival in Japan and self-isolate for 14 days, even if the test result is negative.
If you are arriving from any other country, than the ones listed above, you are subject to a mandatory coronavirus test on arrival followed by a mandatory 14-day self-isolation at your own accommodation. The self-isolation must be completed even if the coronavirus test taken after the arrival is negative. Please note, that using public transportation is not allowed during the 14 days from arrival.
Transferring via Japan
Transferring via Japan to another country is allowed, provided you are holding a confirmed onward ticket on the same calendar day and remain in the international transit area of the airport. Transfer passengers are exempt from the coronavirus test requirement, however, the requirements of the destination, and possible other transit countries in the routing, must be fulfilled.
If you are transferring from an international flight to a domestic flight, you need to have a negative coronavirus test result and stay in a 14-day quarantine at your first point of entry in Japan. If you enter Japan via Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT), you must stay in a 14-day quarantine in the Narita area before you can take a domestic flight to another destination in Japan.
You can find the latest entry restrictions via the destination country's government website, or from the applicable Embassy or Consulate.
Check your options here, if your travel plans change due to the travel restrictions.