Japan Border Reopens! 2 Things You Can't Miss Before Entry
Japan further lifts regulations on foreign tourists starting from October 11! Tourists can visit Japan without a visa and no longer need to go through a travel agency. Still, some of them must present a negative pre-departure PCR report while not all PCR tests are accepted by Japan. Check out the 2 criteria you can’t miss!
Vaccination and Pre-Departure PCR Test Requirements
Hong Kong travellers having received 3 doses of vaccines (incl. BioNTech & Sinovac) will be exempted from presenting a negative PCR test report within 72 hours of departure.
Those who have not completed 3 doses of vaccines or vaccinated with vaccines not recognized by Japan, must provide a negative PCR test report within 72 hours of departure.
Sample Requirements? Testing for Children Required?
Unvaccinated travellers should beware of the sampling methods of PCR tests recognized by Japan, including:
- Nasopharyngeal swab
- Nasal swab (only valid when the test is NAAT)
- Deep throat saliva
- Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal (throat)
Besides, unvaccinated children under 18 accompanied by adults with full vaccination record are exempted from the above pre-departure testing measure.
In case the accompanying guardian does not hold a valid vaccination certificate and enters Japan with a negative certificate, preschool-aged children (generally under the age of 6) are not required a negative certificate.More Requirements for Japan Pre-Departure PCR Test
Must Use "Visit Japan Web" From Nov 14
From 14 Nov 2022, all travellers visiting Japan must use "Visit Japan Web" to declare their personal information in advance for quarantine, immigration and customs check upon arrival, replacing the current MySOS app. Before your registration, please prepare your vaccination record or valid PCR test certificates within 72 hours, passport, flight and accommodation details in Japan. You will then be issued a QR code which you must show at various steps upon arrival.
Visit Japan Web is enabled for public registration on Nov 1.Register at Visit Japan Web
Complete MySOS Application Prior to Departure
Tourists should complete the pre-resignation via MySOS Web / MySOS App at least 6 hours prior to your flight’s scheduled arrival to provide your vaccination or PCR negative certificate.Online Application / Download
Required Documents for Entry
- Negative PCR test report within 72 hours of departure
- Passport, Identity Card
- Japan Visa (if necessary)
- Written Pledge
- QR code through MySOS upon registration