Japan Border News

Updated Sep 23, 2022

GREAT NEWS! Japan is OPEN and visa-free travel from October 11, 2022

The Japanese Prime Minister announced today that it has decided to finally reopen to independent tourists from October 11, 2022. The reopening means that tourists can visit the country without a visa. Plus, the daily entry cap will also be lifted entirely.

Latest Japan News - Japan to allow visa-free individual tourists from Oct. 11

Current Procedure for Tourists visiting Japan

Before Departure

1. Get a Valid Vaccination Certificate OR a Covid-19 Negative Test Certificate

For those triple vaccinated - Only a valid Vaccination Certificate is required for entry to Japan. No Covid-19 tests required pre-departure or upon arrival in Japan.


For those double vaccinated or less - A Covid-19 test must be conducted within 72 hours prior to your departure. A valid Vaccination Certificate is not required due to this test being conducted.

Refer to the links below for details about a valid Vaccination Certificate and for the correct format of a Covid-19 Test Certificate and accepted Covid-19 tests. Note both options apply to those coming from the 102 low risk (Group Blue) countries including Australia, USA, UK – see link below

2. Install MySOS app or Visit MySOS Web for Quarantine Fast Track

Install the app or visit the website, answer the questionnaire, and register the Valid Vaccination Certificate or the Covid-19 Negative Test Certificate for smoother quarantine procedures at the major airports.

3. Go to Visit Japan Web

Register information for immigration and customs and get QR codes on Visit Japan Web for smooth entry into Japan.

4. Buy Travel Insurance

Make sure you also purchase Travel Insurance that covers Covid-19. Overseas travel insurance or Japanese medical insurance are both available.

Arrival in Japan

1. Show Your MySOS’s Blue or Green Screen at Quarantine

Register information for immigration and customs and get QR codes on Visit Japan Web for smooth entry into Japan. MySOS screen will turn blue or green when all required information is submitted and the authorities' review is complete.

Note: If you use MySOS Web and don't have a smartphone, you may present a printed copy of the dedicated screens from the website instead.

2. Show Your QR Codes on Visit Japan Web at Immigration and Customs

Enjoy your Vacation in Japan and take note of the following safety and etiquette information

Please refer to the following links for

What if I get Covid in Japan

At the time of writing Japan has a comprehensive support service to assist those who may fall ill in Japan with Covid. Ski Japan Holidays also has protocols in place and a caring bilingual support service to make sure you are well looked after.

The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), operates the Japan Visitor Hotline, a 24/7 visitor hotline available in English and many other languages. To call from Japan: 050-3816-2787; from overseas: +81-50-3816-2787. JNTO maintains up-to-date information on screening and quarantine measures for travellers.

The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has a dedicated Covid-19 page with additional information, including information on

How to seek medical care in Japan

The Coronavirus Hotline operated by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) for those who suspect to have Covid-19 or have tested positive for Covid-19. To call from Japan: 0120-565653; from overseas: +81-50-3734-0348 English speaking staff and operates from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily

Guidebook for when you’re feeling ill in Japan