Entry requirements – Japan travel advice

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport from the UK, for probably the most common varieties of travel.

The authorities in Japan set and implement entry rules.

All travellers

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs web sites have further details on the entry requirements for all travellers to Japan (including on ‘Fast Track’ procedures). Rules could also be subject to vary at short notice.

Foreign nationals (including British nationals) with Status of Residence who’ve a sound re-entry permit, are in principle allowed to re-enter the country. If you happen to shouldn’t have these you might apply for a visa to enter Japan for business, study or purposes apart from tourism. You need to note that the visa waiver system has been suspended and all travellers will need to have a sound visa or re-entry permit Bookings on some flight routes have been restricted or suspended. Flight length and routing may additionally be impacted by the present situation in Ukraine.

Bookings on some flight routes have been restricted or suspended. Flight length and routing may additionally be impacted by the present situation in Ukraine.

From 10 June, tourists can be allowed to enter from the UK and other ‘blue list’ countries (see below) provided they’re sponsored and registered on the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS) by an approved Japanese travel agency.

As a part of travelling to Japan, you should:

  • Take an approved COVID-19 test inside 72 hours before your flight departure time, and acquire proof of a negative end in an approved format
  • (Before disembarkation) Sign a written pledge that commits you to abiding by the quarantine and self-isolation rules and to plenty of other requirements.
  • (Before disembarkation) Complete a web-based health questionnaire and acquire a QR code

Some airlines may require these documents to be shown before boarding as a part of their internal rules.

At immigration, you can be asked to submit the above documentation to take one other COVID-19 test (and await the outcomes on the airport), and to put in a COVID-19 tracing app in your smartphone. From 1 June, Japan will introduce a red, yellow and blue ‘traffic light’ system and the test on arrival will now not be required for travellers on the ‘blue list’. Travellers from the UK can be on the blue list.

Quarantine and other requirements may vary. Further details will be present in the section on vaccination status below, within the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Q&A and on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Until 31 May, arrivals from the UK who should not triple-vaccinated must self-isolate. From 1 June, travellers from the UK won’t be required to self-isolate, no matter vaccination status.

Failure to comply with the regulations could lead on to detention under the Quarantine Act, the publication of your name and knowledge related to reducing the spread of infection, and possible revocation of your Status of Residence or deportation.

As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic Japan has suspended its visa waiver system and all British Citizen and British National (Overseas) passport holders must apply to the Japanese Consulate-General for a visa upfront. The visa application process should be initiated by the sponsor in Japan using the ERFS online system. Anyone arriving within the country with no valid visa won’t have the opportunity to enter.

It is unlawful to work in Japan without the right visa, nonetheless informal or temporary the work. You shouldn’t overstay your permission to stay within the country, as you risk arrest, detention and a heavy fantastic.

If you happen to’re fully vaccinated

If you happen to can prove you’ve gotten received two doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna vaccines (or one in all Johnson & Johnson) and an extra booster shot from Pfizer or Moderna , you then can be considered fully vaccinated and are exempt from quarantine and self-isolation.
AstraZeneca isn’t accepted as a sound booster. If you happen to are identified as an in depth contact of somebody who tests positive on arrival, you can be required to quarantine or self-isolate for 7 days.

From 1 June, you won’t be required either to take a test on arrival or to self-isolate.

Proof of vaccination status

You should utilize the UK COVID Pass to exhibit your vaccination record to the Japanese authorities. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres isn’t designed for use as proof of vaccination and shouldn’t be used to exhibit your vaccination status.

If you happen to’re not fully vaccinated

If you happen to’re not fully vaccinated, travellers who arrive from the UK before 31 May can be required to spend 3 full days after the day of arrival in self-isolation in your house of residence or accommodation. You will have to take a COVID-19 test on Day 3 (the day of arrival counts as Day 0). If the test is negative, you can be permitted to finish self-isolation.

Alternatively, in the event you don’t want to take a Day 3 COVID-19 test, you might opt to spend 7 full days in self-isolation.

You will need to have received two doses of the vaccine (or one in all Johnson & Johnson) plus a booster shot of an approved vaccine to be able to be considered fully vaccinated. See ‘in the event you’re fully vaccinated’ for further detail.

From 1 June, travellers arriving from the UK won’t be required to self-isolate, no matter vaccination status.

If you happen to’ve had COVID-19 previously 12 months

Proof of prior infection doesn’t afford exemptions. You will need to follow the foundations and regulations outlined above.

Children and young people

Minors should not exempt from the testing requirements on age grounds. There could also be some flexibility on pre-flight testing requirements for youngsters aged 5 and under, but this can’t be guaranteed. All travellers must take the test on arrival in Japan.

For youngsters under 18, provided they’re accompanied by a fully-vaccinated parent (who has received their booster shot) who supervises their activities, they could follow the identical rules as their parent even when the kid isn’t fully-vaccinated.

If you happen to’re transiting through Japan

Transiting is whenever you go through one country on the solution to your final destination.

The COVID-19 regulations and requirements outlined above don’t apply to passengers who’re transiting through one Japanese airport and don’t undergo immigration. Nonetheless, transit could also be precluded by airport closures, movement between terminals and delays between arriving and departing flights. Check along with your airline whether your connection is possible before boarding a flight to Japan.

When transiting through Japan, it’s best to comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. You need to also check the most recent entry requirements on your final destination.


You need to contact your nearest Japanese Embassy for more information on exemptions.

Check your passport and travel documents before you travel

If you happen to are visiting Japan, your passport needs to be valid in the course of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond that is required.

Check along with your travel provider to make sure that your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Japan.


The use or possession of some common prescription and over-the-counter medicines is banned under Japan’s strictly enforced anti-stimulant drugs law. This includes Vicks inhalers, medicines for allergies and sinus problems, cold and flu medication containing Pseudoephedrine and even some over-the-counter painkillers like those containing codeine. Foreign nationals have been detained and deported for offences. You need to check the status of your medication with the closest Japanese Embassy or Consulate before you travel.

If you happen to are travelling with prescription medication that’s permitted under Japanese law, you’re normally allowed to usher in up to 1 month’s supply. You’re advised to bring a replica of your prescription and a letter out of your doctor stating the medical condition that the medication has been prescribed to treat. For more guidance on travelling with medication, check information pages from NHS Decisions and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) in our foreign travel checklist.

If you happen to need prescription medicine for long-term use, you might need to offer extra paperwork, corresponding to an import licence. The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website provides details about bringing medication for private use.

Returning to the UK

Check what you should do to return to the UK.

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