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This article was originally published on May 31, 2022, and was updated on September 20, 2022, to reflect new information.

September 20, 2022, Update: The government of Japan introduced new COVID-19 measures for travelers arriving from “red” and “yellow” category COVID-19 countries and regions on September 14, 2022. Under these new measures, travelers from red category countries and areas with valid vaccination certificates will be required to undergo a five-day home quarantine.

Travelers from yellow category countries and regions who do not hold proof of a valid vaccination certificate will also be required to undergo a five-day home quarantine.

During the quarantine period, travelers will be required to report various COVID-19 test results to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. For additional information, check here.

Original Post From May 31, 2022:

Key Points

  • New COVID-19 entrance requirements are introduced for travelers depending on their region or country of departure and vaccination status

Overview

The government of Japan introduced new COVID-19 entrance requirements based on the country or region that the traveler is departing from. Under these new requirements, COVID-19-related requirements will be divided into three categories: blue, yellow, and red, based on the region or country of departure.

  • Travelers arriving from a blue country or region will be exempt from testing and quarantine requirements upon arrival, regardless of their vaccination status
  • Travelers arriving from a yellow country or region will be exempt from testing and quarantine requirements upon arrival so long as they can provide proof of a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate. Unvaccinated travelers will need to undergo PCR testing and a seven-day home quarantine
  • Travelers arriving from a red country or region will be required to undergo PCR testing upon arrival and a three to seven-day quarantine period depending on proof of vaccination

Currently, only four countries are listed on the red list. For additional information on the country and region lists, click here.

What are the Changes?

The government of Japan introduced new COVID-19-related entrance requirements for travelers based on their region or country of departure and vaccination status. For these requirements to apply, the traveler must have spent a period of at least 14 days in the country or region that they departed from.

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: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

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