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Japan: restrictions and entry requirements 2022

Borders are open with restrictions.

Passengers are not allowed to enter Japan if they have been in the past 14 days in one of these countries:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Jamaica, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Moldova, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

These passengers may enter anyway:

  • citizens of Japan;
  • spouses or children of Japanese citizens, if they can prove it;
  • residents of Japan with an re-entry permit;
  • holders of visa issued by Japan outside of Japan on or after 2 December 2021;

Arriving passengers must install a MySos mobile application on their devices.

Visa waiver has been suspended.

Visas issued on or before 08 March 2020 in the following countries, have been suspended: China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Macao.

Visas issued on or before 27 March 2020 in the following countries, have been suspended: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran , Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Vatican.

Visas issued on or before 02 April 2020 in the following countries, have been suspended:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Isl., Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Isl., Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States), Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian Territory, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles , Sierra Leone, Solomon Isl., Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

Starting from 21 January 2021 visas with “EX-B” or “EX-R” remarks are no longer valid for enter Japan, if they were issued in one of the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam.

Arriving passengers older than 6 years must have negatvie COVID-19 test result. Accepted tests are: LAMP, NEAR, Next Generation Sequence, quantitative antigen (CLEIA/ECLEIA), RT-PCR, Smart Amp, TMA, TRC. The test must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure from the 1st embarkation point and must be in English.

These passengers doesn’t need a negative COVID-19 test result:

  • holders of consular letter specifying why the test could not be taken.

Japan has divided all countries and territories into three zones: Blue, Yellow and Red. Different rules are applied for those arriving from that zones. More info here.

Passengers arriving from the Blue Zone:

  • must have just a negative test result.

Passengers arriving from the Yellow Zone:

  • those who have a valid vaccination certificate must have a negative test result;
  • those who doesn’t have a valid vaccination certificate, must have a negative test result. They shall be tested upon arrival and shall stay in a home isolation for 3 days.

Passengers arriving from the Red Zone:

  • either vaccinated ort not: must have a negative test result. They shall be tested upon arrival and shall stay quarantined in a facility for 3 days.

Blue Zone:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côted’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominicana, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyz, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Netherlands, NewZealand, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia.

Yellow Zone:
Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, CaboVerde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cook Islands, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominica, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Macao, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, North Korea, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Red Zone:
Albania, Fiji, Pakistan, Sierra Leone.

The vaccination certificate considering valid if passenger was vaccinated with Comirnaty, Covaxin, Janssen, Novavax, Spikevax or Vaxzevria and received a booster dose of Comirnaty, Novavax or Spikevax. It must be either in English, in Japan or accompanied by a translation to one of abovementioned languages.

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