Information Related to Border Measures and Entry Requirements

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Entry Requirement Update (Updated Jan 11, 2023)
For Entry on January 12, 2023 Onwards ( For those entering Japan from China (Including Macau, excluding Hong Kong))

New border measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be taken from 00:00 JST on January 12, 2023(For those entering Japan from China (including Macau, excluding Hong Kong) )

  1. Currently, any individual who is entering or returning from China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) is required to obtain a certificate Pre-departure Test and, at the time of entry, is administered a RT-PCR (reverse-transcriptase PCR) test for the novel coronavirus.
  2. Per the new temporary measure that will be taken from 00:00 JST on January 12, any individual entering Japan via a direct flight from China (including Macau, excluding Hong Kong) will be required to obtain a certificate Pre-departure Test that shows a negative test result within 72 hours of departure and, at the time of entry, will be administered a RT-PCR test for the novel coronavirus.

Please be aware of these new measures and kindly advise any individuals who intend to enter Japan after 00:00 JST on January 12 via a direct flight from China (including Macau, excluding Hong Kong) that they are required to obtain a certificate Pre-departure Test that shows a negative test result, regardless of whether or not they hold a valid vaccination certificate.

Points of Note:

  • Those who hold a valid vaccination certificate and do not use a direct flight from China (including Macau, excluding Hong Kong) to enter Japan do not require a certificate Pre-departure Test.
  • Those who are required to obtain a valid certificate Pre-departure Test but do not have one prior to boarding will be denied entry onto the flight.
  • For further details on the Pre-departure Test’s required negative test result certificate, please refer to the official website of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW): https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/border_test.html
  • Those who test positive at the time of entry will be required to quarantine at a designated facility.
  • In the event of testing positive at the time of entry, please follow the reporting procedures determined by the Personnel and Labor Relations Division. (Reference: https://www.tohoku.ac.jp/en/news/university_news/information_of_covid_19.html)

Entry Requirement Update (Updated Jan 5, 2023)
For Entry on January 8, 2023 Onwards ( For those entering Japan from China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau))

New border measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be taken from 00:00 JST on January 8, 2023(For those entering Japan from China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) )

  1. On-arrival Test: Per the measure that took effect on December 30, any individual who has stayed in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within 7 days of their arrival to Japan will be administered a RT-PCR (reverse-transcriptase PCR) test for the novel coronavirus at the time of entry. Any individual entering Japan via a direct flight from China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) will also be administered a RT-PCR test at the time of entry.
  2. Pre-departure Test that certifies a negative test result within 72 hours of departure: Any individuals who enter Japan via a direct flight from China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) are required to obtain and submit a certificate Pre-departure Test.

Entry Requirement Update (Updated Dec 28, 2022)
For Entry on December 30, 2022 Onwards ( For those entering Japan from China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau))

New border measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 starting December 30th, 2022(For those entering Japan from China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) )

The following measures will be taken from 00:00 JST on December 30.

  1. Any individual who has stayed in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within 7 days of their arrival to Japan will be tested for the novel coronavirus at the time of entry. In addition, any individual entering Japan via a direct flight from China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) will also be tested at the time of entry.
  2. The airports that receive direct passenger flights from China (including flights from Hong Kong and Macau) will be limited to four: Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, Kansai International Airport, and Chubu Centrair International Airport. Related airlines will be requested to not increase flights at this time.

Border Measure Updates and Entry Requirement

Since the Japanese government announced the “Phased Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel”, entry restrictions have gradually been eased. Therefore, the border control measures and entry requirements have been revised several times.

Be sure to keep yourself updated on the latest entry requirements by checking the official websites below before your departure to Japan:

Read about the latest border control measure (MOFA Official Website):
Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel

Border Measure

Check the entry requirement that applies to you here
(MHLW Official Website)

Read about vaccination certificate requirement here
(MHLW Official Website)

Check the latest pre-departure test requirement here
(MHLW Official Website)

About the Visit Japan Web
(Japan Digital Agency Official Website)

Important Notice : Insurance for Short Term Visitors

Notice for short-term visitors (i.e., visitors staying in Japan for less than 3 months): If you test positive and receive medical treatment while in Japan, you may be required to pay the entirety of your incurred medical expenses. Therefore, we highly recommend that you purchase private medical insurance (and/or travel insurance that covers medical expenses) before entering Japan so that you are prepared to pay any medical bills.

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