Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Japan: Travel advisory

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COVID-19 entry restrictions are in place in Japan. This page is updated regularly to provide you with the most recent travel news.

Below you’ll find information about visa suspensions, vaccine and quarantine requirements, and other coronavirus measures in Japan.

Can I Travel to Japan Now?

You can now travel to Japan for certain reasons, such as for business or to study. You must get the proper visa in advance and may have to quarantine on arrival.

International tourists are still subject to a travel ban so you can’t go to Japan on holiday yet, although this is likely to change in the near future.

With the Omicron variant now in decline, Japan is expected to open its borders to tourism later in 2022.

Be aware that entry rules are subject to change at short notice. If you believe you may be exempt from the entry ban, you should check with the nearest embassy and get all the latest information before making any travel plans.

When Will Japan Lift the Travel Ban?

Japan could start reopening for tourism soon. Travelers hoping to visit Japan in 2022 should stay up to date with the latest updates.

Currently, Japan’s borders remain closed to international tourists. Other visa holders can now travel to Japan, including students and business travelers.

Business travelers and students can now apply for a visa, they must have a sponsor in Japan.

If you are able to enter Japan at this time, you’ll still need to get tested before departure and follow quarantine rules.

Current COVID-19 Regulations in Japan

Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Japan are reviewed and updated regularly.

Restrictions have been eased and restaurants, tourist attractions, and transportation are now operating. More information can be found below.

End of state of emergency in Japan

Japan lifted the state of emergency and quasi-state of emergency for all prefectures on October 1, 2021.

State of emergency restrictions have ended in all prefectures that had been affected by the measures. This means bars, shopping malls, cinemas, and other venues may reopen.

The falling number of COVID-19 cases in Japan and high vaccination rates have allowed the government to ease restrictions.

Attractions have reopened in Japan

The state of emergency has been lifted in all Japanese prefectures, and most attractions have now reopened. This includes museums, art galleries, and theme parks in Tokyo and Osaka.

Nevertheless, reduced capacity limits and shorter opening hours are expected to continue for some time.

Public transportation restrictions within Japan

Public transport, including trains, is operating in Japan. Travelers are advised to refer to Japanese train status updates issued by each individual operator to check if a service they plan to use remains affected by temporary Shinkansen COVID-19 restrictions:

It should be noted that physical distancing requirements and obligatory use of face masks remain in place on most public transportation services in Japan.

Business travelers and students can travel to Japan

Foreign business travelers and students were able to enter Japan from November 2021. However, concerns over the Omicron variant meant the ban was reinstated for one month. The travel ban has now been lifted again.

To enter Japan, students and business travelers need:

  • Relevant visa for Japan
  • Invitation from a Japanese sponsor
  • Negative COVID-19 test result
  • Completed Quarantine Questionnaire
  • Proof of vaccination (for reduced quarantine)

Fully vaccinated students and business travelers can take advantage of reduced or no quarantine, depending on which country they are arriving from. They must have proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result.

Rules for business travelers

To travel to Japan for work purposes, foreign nationals must be working for an organization located in Japan.

Business travelers need to complete several forms and get approval before heading to Japan. They need to submit the following documents before going to Japan:

  • Application form
  • Written pledge to follow COVID-19 rules
  • Plan of activities in Japan
  • List of all travelers on the business trip

Rules for students

Foreign students and technical trainees can also travel to Japan in 2022.

Students and trainees need to prepare the following documents for their trip:

  • Application form
  • Letter from an institution in Japan, including documents about the educational or training program
  • Written pledge to follow COVID-19 rules

Like business travelers, students and trainees need a negative COVID-19 test result and a completed health questionnaire.

Quarantine is reduced to 3 days for students and trainees with acceptable proof of vaccination. Those arriving from certain countries can avoid quarantine completely.

Japan travel restrictions and entry requirements

Japan still has a few precautions in place to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Arrivals in Japan are currently capped at 7,000 per day. The government is considering raising this to 10,000.

You can transit through Japan to another destination, but when transiting through Tokyo (NRT), you must fly out on the same calendar day.

If you are eligible to travel to Japan now, you need to take some additional steps, as explained below.

COVID-19 documents for traveling to Japan

Passengers need to have a COVID-19 test to travel to Japan. Requirements:

  • PCR COVID-19 test
  • Maximum 72 hours before boarding the flight
  • Certificate in English
  • Negative test result

A written pledge stating you will follow the quarantine and self-isolation rules is required. Travelers also need to complete an online health questionnaire to obtain a QR code.

Quarantine measures when traveling to Japan

Passengers must quarantine on arrival in Japan. Quarantine rules for Japan depend on the traveler’s vaccination status.

Fully vaccinated travelers with a booster shot

Travelers are considered fully vaccinated if they have received the booster shot at least 14 days before departure.

Fully vaccinated travelers do not have to spend time in hotel quarantine. They can complete the mandatory 7-day quarantine in their chosen self-isolation location.

Quarantine can be reduced with a negative COVID-19 test on or after day 3.

Travelers from some countries are exempt from quarantine from March 3, 2022. Visitors should check the latest list of designated countries.

Travelers who are not fully vaccinated

Travelers who do not qualify as fully vaccinated (this includes people with 2 doses, but no booster) must spend the first 3 days after arrival in a government-designated hotel. The rest of the 7-day quarantine period is completed at the traveler’s chosen location.

Self-isolation can be ended early with a negative day-3 test.

Quarantine for students and business travelers

Quarantine for student and business visa holders who are fully vaccinated with a booster jab is 3 days for most countries.

Students and business travelers from countries where COVID-19 has been controlled may be exempt from quarantine.

Countries and regions banned to enter Japan

All foreign tourists are banned from entering Japan. Travel bans could be lifted soon.

Entry bans for Japanese residents returning from countries of variant concern have been lifted.

Japan visa exemptions suspended

Japan has temporarily suspended visa exemptions with most countries. Foreigners need a visa to travel during COVID-19.

Check Japan’s visa and entry requirements for your nationality at the Japanese embassy.

Travel advisories

Check the up-to-date travel advisories for Japan regarding COVID-19 from your country below:

COVID-19 Health and Safety Advice 

Japan’s Health Ministry has stated that the two most effective ways to curb the spread of coronavirus are to frequently wash hands and use a face mask when out in public:

  • You should wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Face masks must be worn in public. The mask should cover your mouth, nose and chin, and be disposed of after a single-use.

The US CDC has also advised any travelers to Japan to follow some other basic safety measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with anyone displaying suspected symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you have fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, stay home and seek medical care by calling in advance.
  • Monitor your health and practice social distancing for 14 days after returning to your country of residence.

The CDC defines Social distancing as avoiding group gatherings and crowded places and maintaining approximately 2 meters of distance from others when possible.

For the latest travel advisory and information about restrictions, please visit the Japan National Tourism Organization’s site.

Hotline for tourist information

The Japan National Tourism Organization has also set up a coronavirus hotline for tourist information available in 3 languages: English, Chinese, or Korean:

From within Japan:

050 3816 2787

If overseas:

+81 50 3816 2787

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