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Japan: A Complete Guide to Travel Requirements

Japan has reopened and includes the resumption of visa-free travel for individuals! See our complete guide to Japan travel requirements here!

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Continue reading to discover the requirements for travelling to Japan

Without a doubt, Japan is one of the most awaited destinations since leisure travel resumed worldwide. Like us, you’re probably itching to – go shopping in Tokyo, visit the new Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan, and marvel at the beauty of the pure snow powder in winter!

Even though Japan may have reopened to tour groups since June, nothing sparked more excitement than the recent reports that the government may allow individual travellers once again.

These reports were finally confirmed on 22 September, when Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced the relaxation of border measures on 11 October. This includes the removal of the cap on tourist numbers, resumption of visa-free travel, and allowing free individual travellers to return.

Sugoi! But before you get overly excited about it, let us explain the new travel requirements in this quick guide!

Tourist Visa and Packaged Tours Are No Longer Required

Image of Mount Fuji as seen from the town of Hakone
Relax and unwind while surrounded by the breathtaking view of Mount Fuji from the town of Hakone

One of the main requirements for anyone planning a leisure visit to Japan is they must be part of a packaged tour. As of 11 October 2022, travellers do not have to book a tour from an agency. Instead, you can book your air tickets and accommodation and plan your own free & easy itinerary.

At the same time, visa-free travel will resume only for travellers from countries that did not require a visa pre-COVID. This includes Singapore, which enjoys 90 days of visa-free travel for brief visits.

Please refer to this list for Visa exemption requirements for travellers from other countries.

Japan's Entry Requirements for Travellers from Australia and New Zealand

Japan has divided the world’s countries into three groups for entry: Red, Yellow, and Blue. And each of these groups comes with its vaccination, testing, and quarantine rules.

The great news is that Australia and New Zealand are in the ‘blue’ group, with no on-arrival test and quarantine. This applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers. So, you are good to kickstart your tour of Japan the moment you arrive.

It is essential to note that Japan will assess your eligibility based on your travel history 14 days before arrival. If you have visited a country in the ‘yellow’ or ‘red’ group, you will be subjected to the following measures:

Vaccinated with CertificateOn-Arrival TestQuarantine Period
🟦 Blue Group
NoNot requiredNot required
YesNot requiredNot required
Notable Countries: Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America. Complete list here
🟨 Yellow Group
NoPCR3-day home quarantine + negative result of a voluntary test or 5-day home quarantine without test
YesNot requiredNot required
Notable Countries: India, Macau, Maldives, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Vietnam. Complete list here
🟥 Red Group
NoPCR3-day quarantine at a designated facility + negative PCR test at the facility
YesPCR3-day home quarantine + negative result of a voluntary test or 5-day home quarantine without test
Countries: None at the moment

Tip: Always check for the latest information and guidelines on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website.

1. Ensure you are Fully Vaccinated for Quarantine-Free Travel

Since 7 September, fully vaccinated travellers from Australia and New Zealand no longer have to take a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test before departure. Please note that Japan only recognises the following COVID-19 vaccines:

  • Comirnaty/Pfizer (Only two doses needed)
  • COVAXIN/Bharat Biotech (Only two doses needed)
  • Janssen (Only 1 dose needed)
  • Moderna (Only two doses needed)
  • Nuvaxovid/Novavax (Only two doses needed)
  • Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca (Only two doses needed)

To prove that you are fully vaccinated, you must digitally endorse your certificate via Notarise or download it from HealthHub.

Tip: Japan does not require travellers from Australia, New Zealand and other Blue Group countries to be fully vaccinated. However, all unvaccinated travellers must take a validated PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

2. Install MySOS App

Visual guidelines for Fast Track registration on the MySOS application
There are a total of 4 steps to complete your Fast Track registration on the MySOS app. Once completed you will see a blue screen

On arriving in Japan, you must download the MySOS App to report your health condition and location. The app is also used to pre-register for Fast Track – the quarantine procedures declaration you must show upon arrival at the airport in Japan.

Register after you have received your PCR test result and at least 6 hours before arrival in Japan. You will need the following documents for registration:

  • Passport
  • Vaccination certificate
  • PCR test results certificate

Follow the detailed guide to complete your Fast Track application.

Tip: For those travelling with children aged 12 and under, include them in your Fast Track application

a picture of a commercial street in the city of Tokyo with shopping and entertainment centers
Immerse yourself in an experience unlike any other in the bustling streets of Tokyo

3. Buy Travel Insurance

It is highly recommended that you buy travel insurance that covers COVID-19-related medical/treatment expenses and hospitalisation costs.

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