Covid-19 Updates

Please note that this information is based on the announcement from the Japanese government as of May 16, 2022, and may be altered in the near future.

Current COVID-19 measures and policies in Japan

The government of Japan is currently implementing “border measures” against Covid-19 for those who are entering Japan.
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/bordercontrol.html

Before you enter Japan…

1) Have an “Entry Visa” ready.
All non-Japanese citizens must have an entry visa beforehand. For details, please see the following page on our website:
Visa Information

2) Take an “Inspection for Covid-19” (within 72 hours of departure).
All entrants into Japan, whether you are Japanese or non-Japanese, must submit a inspection certificate at the immigration gate on your arrival. The inspection must be done within 72 hours of your departure flight to Japan. For further information about inspections, please see the PDF file below:
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000825144.pdf

3) Make sure that you have “Travel Insurance.”
Some foreign residents may not be applied to Japanese public medical insurances, so we recommend that you take out a travel insurance to cover all the medical expenses during your stay in Japan.

4) Prepare a mobile device (phone, tablet PC, etc.).
On your arrival in Japan, you will be required to install some apps into your mobile device. If you do not have one, they will tell you to rent one at the quarantine station, and you will have to pay for the rent. Even if you do not want to install any apps into your own device, it will be better that you rent a mobile device before you come to Japan, for example, at your departure airport.

After you enter Japan…

1) Install apps into your mobile device.
On your arrival in Japan, you will be required to install the following apps into your mobile device.
*MySOS app
*Cocoa app

2) Sign the pledge and fill in a questionnaire.
At the Quarantine Station, you will be asked to sign a pledge to follow the rules about your behavior during your stay in Japan, and fill in a questionnaire.

3) A “3-day Quarantine” may be required.
Depending on whether you have been vaccinated against Covid-19 three times, or which country/region you are from, you will be required to quarantine yourself in a hotel for three days.

*Designated countries and regions regarding 3-day quarantine (as of May 16, 2022):
Bulgaria, Egypt, Laos, Pakistan, Russia, and South Africa
(Republic of Korea was removed on May 16, 2022.)

Please see the following table to see whether you will be required for a 3-day quarantine or not.

From any of the designated countries/regions?Booster Certificate?Quarantine PlaceQuarantine Period (a Covid-19 test required on the third day)
YESNODesignated hotel prepared by the quarantine office. (Room rates will be paid by the Japanese government.)“3 days” with “negative” test result on the third day.
YESYESYour hotel. (Room rates should be paid by yourself.)“3 days” with “negative” test result on the third day*, or “7 days” without a test.
NONOYour hotel. (Room rates should be paid by yourself.)“3 days” with “negative” result on the third day*, or “7 days” without a test.
NOYESNo quarantine.No quarantine.
*In case you quarantine at your hotel, you will have to go to a designated clinic by yourself on the third day, and report the test result through MySOS app.

Regarding the “Booster Certificate,” please refer to the following page:
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page24e_000317.html

4) Health condition reports will be required during quarantine.
While you are under quarantine, you will be asked to send a health report every day to the Health Monitoring Center (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare) through the “MySOS” app. After your quarantine period is over, or if you are not asked to quarantine yourself in Japan, you will not be required for the health report.
For further information, see the following page:
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/en/

How to reduce immigration steps (Fast Track)

If you are entering Japan from any of the following airports, some of the steps of submitting documents at the time you enter Japan can be skipped;
-Narita International Airport
-Haneda Airport
-Chubu Centrair International Airport
-Kansai International Airport
-Fukuoka Airport

In order to do reduce immigration steps, you need to install “MySOS” app into your mobile device before you leave for Japan, and enter some info into the app beforehand.

For further details, please see the following page:
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/fasttrack/en/