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This article was originally published on January 6, 2023, and was updated on March 6, 2023, to reflect new information.

March 6, 2023, Update: The government of Japan will require all travelers departing directly from mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) to obtain a pre-departure COVID-19 test certificate beginning March 1, 2023. To acquire a pre-departure test certificate, check here.

Travelers from China will be subject to randomized testing upon arrival at the airport in Japan.

Original Post From January 6, 2023:

Key Points

  • Japan will introduce additional COVID-19 testing measures for travelers entering the country beginning December 30, 2022


The government of Japan announced that all travelers departing from China (except Hong Kong and Macau) or who have traveled through the country in the last seven days would be required to undergo an on-arrival COVID-19 test effective December 30, 2022.

In addition, travelers arriving or who have traveled through China in the last seven days who cannot provide proof of vaccination will be required to undergo pre-departure COVID-19 testing.

All travelers are advised to pre-register all information required under the country’s quarantine procedures.

What are the Changes?

The government of Japan introduced additional testing measures for travelers departing from China or travelers who have been in China within the last seven days. According to the government, these measures are being taken to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 variants.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Japan’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Japan

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