Current procedure of entry into Japan (PCR Test Certificate, Visa Application)

2021/9/1

Travellers from Australia (including those with a valid re-entry permit and Japanese nationals) currently require a printed copy of a negative PCR test certificate and an Individual Written Pledge to enter Japan. You will also need to fill out a questionnaire and install some smart phone applications, so please read the following information carefully.

At this time, all travelers are subject to these requirements regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.
 

Please note that:

1) The "Business Track" and "Residence Track" system is paused.

2) New entry into Japan from all countries and regions is paused in most circumstances.

3) Visa exemption measures for Australian passport holders have been paused. Australian passport holders and travellers from Australia currently need a valid visa to enter Japan. For details, here.
 

If your re-entry permit or residence card has expired, please contact the Japanese Immigration Services Agency (link in Japanese) for more information. 

1. Negative PCR Test Certificate

A medical institution should fill in this format of test certificate (Word document).

The nasal swab sample must be taken within the 72 hours before your scheduled departure time from Australia.
For example, if your flight leaves from Sydney at 20:00 on Thursday, your testing window begins at 20:00 on Monday.

Please see here for a list of medical institutions in Australia which can fill out the test certificate.

*If you are a Canberra resident or otherwise located far away from the listed clinics, please contact one of the clinics marked "Nationwide" for a telehealth consulation. They can then direct you to a local clinic for the actual testing. 
*When entering Japan by transiting at an airport in another country, the requirements for the COVID-19 inspection certificate and inspection agency may be set separately at that airport as well. Please check the information published by the airport or the government of the country concerned.

For more information, please see here (Ministry of Foreign Affairs link).

From March 19th, you cannot board a flight to Japan or enter Japan without a negative PCR test certificate. Please see here for details. 

FAQ of Certificate of Testing for Entering Japan (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

2. Individual Written Pledge

Please fill out and bring an Individual Written Pledge to enter Japan.

In case of violating the terms of the Individual Written Pledge, you may be subject to detention under Quarantine Act and your status of residence, name, nationality and other information relevant to public health may be made public.
Your status of residence may be revoked and deportation procedures may also apply.

For more details, please see here (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Those who do not submit the “Written Pledge” are requested to stay at a location designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (only at the accommodation booked by the quarantine office) for 14 days.

3. Quarantine in Japan (Self-Isolation)

Please enter with:
(1) your passport and visa 
(2) a copy of the Individual Written Pledge 
(3) your negative PCR Test Certificate *You will be unable to enter Japan from March 19th without this certificate
 
After entering Japan you must self-isolate at home or a hotel for a period of 14 days.

You must not use any kind of mass or public transport (taxi, domestic flights, ferry, bus, train etc.) during your self-isolation or to get to the place where you will self-isolate.

Please use a private car (your family may pick you up) or a rental car or a specific service.

For more information, see here at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's website: FAQ at the Health Monitoring Center for Overseas Entrants (HCO)

4. Questionnaire and Smartphone Apps

When you enter Japan, please fill out this questionnaire.

You must also retain the location data on your mobile phone and provide it to the health centers or other institutions, if requested, and install applications for COVID-19 contact tracing. If you do not have a smart phone, you will need to rent one at the airport. Further quarantine measures may apply as directed by health officers.

Please see this brochure for how to install the necessary apps on your phone and other information. 

For further details from the Ministry of Health, please see here

5. Current Visa Applications

Please note that in most cases visa application is currently suspended.
Please contact the appropriate Consulate or Embassy for your area of residence, or check this page or the Embassy front page for updates.

If you are a spouse or citizen of a Japanese citizen or permanent resident, need to come to Japan for humanitarian reasons (medical care or family emergency etc.) or work in a specific industry, please see this page.

6. Leaving Australia as a citizen or permanent resident

If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, you will require an exemption from the Australian government to travel. Please see here for details.

If you are normally a resident in another country (i.e. Japan), you may not require an exemption, but we recommend you check directly with the Department of Home Affairs on their COVID-19 Hotline at 1800 020 080 or their immigration information line at 131 881.