Amended procedure of entry into Japan (Entry Cut-off, PCR Test Certificate, Visa Application) (January 14th, 2021)

2021/1/15

As of January 14th, 2021, travellers from Australia (including Japanese nationals) will require a printed copy of a negative PCR test certificate and an Individual Written Pledge to enter Japan.

The eligibility of the following visas:

1) Visas with a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE)
2) Short-term Visa for Business (Residence Track)
3) Working holiday visa (Residence Track)

will be paused from January 21st, midnight.

This means that holders of the above visas must enter Japan by 23:59, January 20th. 

From the 21st of January, 0:00 (12:00 AM), the validity of these visas will be paused, and you will not be able to enter using them for the time being. 

1. Application for 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.

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

2. Individual Written Pledge

In addition to your existing Written Pledge from your sponsoring organization, 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. To Enter Japan (Quarantine in Japan)

Most existing quarantine advice still applies:
In principle, please enter Japan on a direct flight by January 20th 11:59.

Please enter with:
(1) your passport and visa 
(2) a copy of the Written Pledge (Residence Track)
(3) a copy of the Individual Written Pledge 
(4) your negative PCR Test 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: (Japanese only)

In addition, from January 14, 2021 until further notice, you must also retain the location data on your mobile phone and provide it to the health centers or other institutions, if requested. Further quarantine measures may apply as directed by health officers.

In the event that you enter Japan after January 9, 2021, and cannot submit the “Certificate of Negative Test Result”, you will be required to self-quarantine at a location designated by the quarantine station chief (only at the accommodations booked by the quarantine office). On the third day, you will be required to take the COVID-19 test again. Those who have negative results in this test can leave the accommodation but are still required to self-quarantine at home for the full 14 day period (counted from the day of entering Japan). You will also be required to retain the location data on your mobile phone and provide it to the health centers or other institutions, as well as install the Japanese COVID-19 app.

4. Current Visa Applications

If you do not already hold a valid visa for Japan, 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 after the end of January 2021, as this measure will be reviewed then.

5. Further Information

For more information, please see the documents New Measures for Border Enforcement (6) and (7).