Entry Restrictions in Japan
Based on the New Border Measures, from July 28, 2022, foreign nationals who apply for new entry into Japan based on either of the following categories (1), (2) or (3) below are regarded as those with “special exceptional circumstances” and are allowed for new entry into Japan in principle, if the receiving organisations located in Japan complete prescribed applications in the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS):
Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) for purposes including business and employment (continued from March 1);
Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay for tourism (only when a travel agency among others organising the trip serves as the receiving organisation of the entrants) (start from June10) (New);
Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a long-term stay (continued from March 1).
Foreign nationals who have stayed in any of the following countries/regions listed below within 14 days prior to the application for landing are denied to enter Japan:
Latin America and the Caribbean: Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia;
Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kyrgyz, Moldova;
Middle East: Afghanistan, Iraq;
Africa: Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Central Africa, Cote d’lvoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Special exceptional circumstances apply.
All passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result. Tests accepted are LAMP, NEAR, Next Generation Sequence, quantitative antigen (CLEIA/ECLEIA), RT-PCR, Smart Amp, TMA or TRC. The test must:
- Specify that it is based on nasopharyngeal swab, saliva, or nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab (effective 9 March 2022, nasal swab will be accepted); and
- Be taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; and
- Be in English.
This does not apply to:
Passengers younger than 6 years;
Passengers with a diplomatic or an official visa issued by Japan;
US military personnel, civilian personnel, and their dependents. They must have SOFA status and have the required documents stipulated in Article IX of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement;
Passengers with a consular letter specifying why the test could not be taken.
All travellers including Japanese nationals are required to pledge to be in quarantine at home or other designated areas, retain the location data, and provide it to the health centres or other institutions, if requested. They are required to sign and submit the Written Pledge (PDF) when entering Japan. In case of violation, they may be subject to detention.
For all cross-border travellers and returnees from countries/regions where the Omicron variant becomes dominant, whether on-arrival test is required, the length of period when they are required to self-quarantine in places such as their own residence or accommodation after their entry into Japan, to follow-up health checks conducted by the Health Monitoring Centre for Overseas Entrants (HCO) and to refrain from using public transportation will be determined according to the grouping (“Red”, “Yellow” and “Blue” categories) of the countries/regions in which the entrants stayed before the day of return to Japan.
Red: on-arrival test is required. 3-day quarantine at a government-designated facility is required, however, those who obtain a valid vaccination certificate may have 7-day home quarantine (or 3-day home quarantine + negative result of a voluntary test) instead;
Yellow: on-arrival test and 7-day home quarantine (or 3-day home quarantine + negative result of a voluntary test) are required, however, those who obtain a valid vaccination certificate are not required to have on-arrival test, home quarantine and other measures;
Blue: Regardless of the vaccination status of the entrants/returnees, on-arrival test, home quarantine and other measures are not required.
All passengers need to complete a Quarantine Questionnaire online. This will generate a QR code which you’ll need to present upon arrival.
Passengers must install the "MySOS" mobile app.
This does not apply to US military personnel, civilian personnel, and their dependents. They must have SOFA status and have the required documents stipulated in Article IX of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement.
Updated on August 2nd, 2022
Germany - Japan Trip Specific Restrictions
No country specific restrictions needed anymore. For most of traveler and destination countries, entry restrictions are the same. Please check your traveler or destination country for more details.