[Updated] Traveling to Japan During Covid-19 Pandemic : Restrictions, Requirements, PCR Test & Quarantine Rule


Japan travel and visa information 2021

Updated on 2021 / 10 / 01

Without special circumstances, only Japanese citizens and foreigners who hold valid residency visa and re-entry permit are allowed to enter Japan. Note that foreign travelers who previously applied for  Business Track or Residential Track are also suspended from entering Japan.


To enter Japan smoothly during the coronavirus pandemic, make sure you check the points below and the latest update on Japan’s International travel regulation.


2021 October Loosened Restrictions


According to the Japanese government’s official announcement on September 27th, the restrictions for entering Japan will be loosened started from October 1st. 



Foreigners who are:

    • coming from government designated countries and region (please see the list on the bottom)
    • holding a valid Japanese residency visa and re-entry permit
    • fully vaccinated (received two COVID-19 shots and vaccination passports)

Those who fulfill the above statements could now have the chance to shorten 14 days quarantine duration to 10 days (11 nights starting from the day of entry). However, if you wish to end your quarantine period earlier, you will be required to get a Japanese government approved PCR test or a rapid antigen test, and upload the results to the MySOS application. If you fail to do so, you will have to continue a 14 days quarantine. For more details, please scroll down to Fully (Vaccinated) Arrivals & Loosened Quarantine Rules.


2021 Entry Japan Requirements


1.  Certificate of negative PCR test result – Everyone planning to enter Japan is required to take a COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to departure and submit a certificate showing PCR negative test result in either the prescribed format (recommended) OR other acceptable format at the airport.


Certificate of PCR test Japan format

2.Submit Coronavirus QuestionnaireBefore departure, please submit a Coronavirus Questionnaire online. You need to screenshot the QR code after completing the survey, which you will scan when entering Japan.

3.Written Pledge – The written pledge asks you to provide contact information and for your cooperation regarding COVID-19 related regulations. This form will be given to you during your flight, so it is not necessary to print it out. However, if you wish to read through the content, download from here.

4.Smart phone – You need to have a smartphone (Android or iOS) that allows you to update the latest App, and a valid contact phone number. If you don’t have a valid contact number in Japan, you must buy a SIM card, with internet, at the airport. To save time, we highly recommend you to download and install all the required Apps below before arrival.

5.Required App – You need to download 4 apps , turn on the App notification, allow the App to track your position, your mic, and camera. Then register and login into your App account ( Note: You can only login into OEL and COCOA after arriving in Japan. Caution: please use the same email and contact information to register all Apps to avoid problems.

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Download the set up instruction for Apps 

  • Google Map Mobile App
    Function : track your location (download  iOS、  Android )
    After download and login into your account, allow the App to track your location.
  • “MySOS” App
    Function: Video/voice talk (download iOS Android

Japanese Government official will keep in touch with you through “My SOS”. Please download this App to your phone and register an account (use the same email as everything else).

My SOS APP download link

  • OEL (Overseas Entrants Locator App)
    Function:track and report your location (download iOSAndroid

Download the App to your phone first, so you can save some time later. You can only login after you have arrived Japan. Remember to turn on App notification to receive the latest updates.

  • COCOA (COVID-19 Contact-Confirming App)
    Function:contact notification (download iOSAndroid
    Login after arrival in Japan, need to turn on bluetooth while use.

PCR test upon arrival – Upon arrival, all travelers need to take a PCR test at the airport, which might take 40- 90 minutes  from lining up to getting your test result . If your PCR result is negative, you will proceed to immigration examination and if you pass, you can claim your luggage and take a reserved transportation service to your declared accommodation of self-quarantine. On average, it takes 1-2 hours to go through all procedures at the airport.

During the 14-day (15-night) self-quarantine period, you must…


    • Avoid taking public transportation reserved transportation services and avoid contact with other people.
    • Stay at an independent accommodation (private apartment, hotel, serviced apartment…are allowed, as long as you do not share public facility such as bathroom and toilet with others) and avoid going out
      • Please note that although the quarantine regulation of Japan does not strictly forbid you to go out from your self-quarantine accommodation, this is to be kept to a minimum and only when necessary (eg. buy essential food supply). 
      • Keep in touch with government officials and report location through the required Apps. The restriction ends officially at midnight on the 14th day of your self-quarantine. Note that the day of your arrival is counted as day zero, which means that you need to secure 15 nights of accommodation since the day of arrival.

Special quarantine requirement  (updated on 2021.09.19)


Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, India, Indonesia, Uruguay, UK, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Greece, Kyrgyzstan, Costa Rica, Columbia, Zambia, Georgia, Spain, Suriname, Sri Lanka, Republic of Seychelles , Tanzania, Chile, Denmark, Dominica Republic, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Bangladesh, Philippine, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Belgium, Bolivia, Portugal, Malaysia, South Africa, Myanmar, Mozambique, Maldives, Libya, Russia (Moscow City & Khabarovsk)

that are affected by COVID variant 14 days prior to departure (flight transfer is not counted), you are required to stay at a government designated hotel for 3 days, the transportation and cost of which will be covered by the Japanese government.

You will receive a PCR test prior to your exit of the government designated hotel. If the test result is negative, you are still required to finish 11 days (12 nights) of self-quarantine in an isolated accomodation or hotel. Your self-quarantine will be officially ended at the midnight of 15th day  since arrival. Note that you are not allowed to take public transportation during the entire quarantine period. 

※ We also provide 12-night package with pickup service from the government designated hotel to your chosen accomodation. Please contact us for more detail. 


Fully Vaccibated Fully (Vaccinated) Arrivals & Loosened Quarantine Rules




  • Regardless if you have been to one of the countries that are listed as highly risky countries within 14 days, if you hold valid vaccination certificates, you are not required to stay in the government designated hotel for 3 days before your 14 day quarantine.


  • If you couldn’t upload the PCR negative test result on the 10th day of quarantine, you are not allowed to finish quarantine earlier, and have to continue 2 weeks full quarantine period.


  • Even if you have a valid vaccination certificate, you will still need to provide a negative PCR test result 72 hours prior to entry.


  • Please note that you are not allowed to take any public transportations during your quarantine period, which also includes the day when you are going to do testing on the 10th day of quarantine.


Japanese Government Approved Vaccination Certificate



1) The (following 5 items) have to be shown on the vaccination certificate

  • Full name 
  • Birth date
  • Name of the vaccine (ex. pfizer, AZ, Moderna)
  • Date of vaccination
  • How many times you have received vaccination

※If your birth date is not on the vaccination certificate, but it has your passport number or other personal information, you can use your passport to verify that you are the one that received the vaccination.

※If your vaccination certificate is not in English or Japanese, please add translation.


2) Vaccination certificate is given from the following listed countries and region

【North America US】

All of USA (CDC Card)

Northern Mariana Islands

New York State

New York City








British Columbia

Yukon Territory



Newfoundland and Labrador






































Sri Lanka



Hong Kong







【South America





【Middle East & Africa】






3) Approved vaccination types

  • Comirnaty
  • Pfizer (biontech/BNT)
  • Vaxzevria
  • AstraZeneca (AZ)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna


Reference: 厚生労働省・検疫所 (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare Japan)


Before applying to our package, please check the latest notice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and your local consulate. If you have any questions regarding entry to Japan or our plan, please contact us.


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