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What covid test do I need for visiting Japan?

What covid test do I need for visiting Japan?
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Everything you need to know about getting tested for a trip to Japan

The island nation of Japan has had some of the strongest covid restrictions in the world; but it has opened up to tourists and business travelers again. However, some travelers to Japan will need to get tested for covid before their trip. Are you one of them? Read on to find out.

Where can I get the most up-to-date information about covid tests for going to Japan?

As the Japanese government responds to covid-19, they have been making rapid changes to entry requirements for travelers arriving in Japan. These changes sometimes happen without notice. So it’s crucial to check regularly what covid tests you need for your vacation or business trip to Japan.

Your airline may have information for you about covid testing requirements of your flight to Japan, and should keep you updated. You could also check with your travel agent if you need help with understanding entry requirements for Japan. And the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has answers to many frequently asked questions about covid testing requirements.

Do I need a covid-19 test to enter Japan?

Vaccinated travelers from the US do not need to get tested for covid before going to Japan.

Unvaccinated travelers from the US need to show a negative result for a covid PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

You will not be allowed to board the plane departing to Japan if you cannot show either a certificate of vaccination against covid or a negative result for a covid test taken within 72 hours of departure.

Where can I get a covid PCR test suitable for travel to Japan?

Unvaccinated travelers who wish to go to Japan will need to show a negative result of a PCR test taken 72 hours before departure. Our travel health clinics can provide a same day covid PCR testing service in nearby city center locations.

Simply book a PCR test appointment with us within the 72-hour window before your flight to Japan departs using our clinics page. We have plenty of appointments at our clinics, and you will get your results electronically within 24 hours.

Can I get a covid test for peace of mind before I travel?

We can provide a peace-of-mind covid test service for anyone who wishes to know their covid status. Book an appointment as usual and we’ll do the rest.

Where can I get vaccinated against covid ahead of my trip to Japan?

If you need a covid vaccine or booster before you go to Japan, use to find your nearest covid vaccine location.

What other health risks are there in Japan?

Japan is a relatively safe country with excellent healthcare services. But all travelers should make an appointment at a travel health clinic six to eight weeks before departure. At this travel health consultation, you can find out about health risks at your destination, and get advice on vaccines for common illnesses that affect travelers, such as hepatitis A. You’ll also benefit from advice on avoiding illnesses carried by mosquitos, including Japanese encephalitis. The travel health nurse can help you to plan any covid tests you need for your visit to Japan as well.