3 Misunderstandings About PCR Test Reports for Japan Entry



Desperate to visit Japan upon the latest entry relaxation measures? All visitors aged 6 or above who have not received 3 doses of vaccination should present a negative PCR test report within 72 hours of departure, while unvaccinated children under 18 accompanied by adults with full vaccination record can be exempted (recovery proof cannot be used as vaccination record).

INDICAID is here to break down with you the 3 most common misunderstandings about the recognized PCR test reports for entering Japan!

1. All Recognized Reports From Any Testing Institution Accepted

(Source: Official website of Consulate General of Japan in Hong Kong)

The Consulate website further points out that the list of medical institutions provided only covers those that provide Japanese language services, other testing centers that can provide test reports fulfilling the above 8 items are also valid.

2. Reference Only - Japanese Test Certificate Template Not A Must

(Source: Official website of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare states that any PCR test report made without using the above format is also valid as long as it satisfies all of the items listed below:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Testing Method
  • Sampling Method
  • Collection Date
  • Result
  • Medical Institution
  • Report Date
Report RequirementsDownload Reference Format
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PCR Test Report for Japan Entry

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3. Nasal & Throat Combine Swab Not Suitable for Japan Entry


(Source: Official website of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

Based on the latest updates from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, only the samples listed below are valid for entering Japan:

  • Nasopharyngeal swab
  • Nasal swab (only valid when the test is NAAT)
  • Deep throat saliva
  • Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal (throat)
Valid Testing & Sampling Methods for Entering Japan