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Can I enter Japan from China? Update on COVID-19 restrictions.

Find out the latest news about entering Japan from China (new restrictions from December 30, 2022), and the rest of the world!


I was hoping I wouldn't have to write about COVID-19 travel restrictions ever again on this blog, but a new update has just come in that I think is important too important not to share. Keep reading to find out about current Japan entry restrictions and how to enter Japan as of December 30, 2022.


This post contains two parts:



Official sources can be found at the bottom of this post.



Current measures for travellers/returnees from China


Beginning December 30th 2022, the Japanese government has put the following measures in place.


  • All entrants to Japan who have stayed in China in the last 7 days, or taken a direct flight from China (with the exception of Hong Kong and Macau) will be required to take a test on arrival into Japan.

  • Airlines have been asked to limit the number of direct flights arriving from China into Japan (with the exception of Hong Kong and Macau), and have been requested not to increase the number of flights currently in operation.

  • Flights from China must arrive into one of the following airports: Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, Kansai International Airport, and Chubu Centrair International Airport.

  • All entrants are required to show a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate (3 doses of an approved vaccine) OR a certificate of a negative test result taken within 72 hours of departure from the original country of origin. (Unchanged from October 11, 2022)

  • All entrants must register on Visit Japan Web.

  • From January 8, all entrants from China to Japan via direct flight (except departing Hong Kong and Macau) must submit certificate of a negative test result taken within 72 hours of departure (UPDATE).

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Current measures for all other travellers/returnees


The following measures are currently in place for entrants arriving from all other countries.


  • From October 11, 2022 all travellers and returnees are required to show a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate (3 doses of an approved vaccine) OR a certificate of a negative test result taken within 72 hours of departure from the original country of origin.

  • Any person entering Japan with COVID-19 symptoms will be tested on arrival in Japan. People with a positive test result will be required to quarantine at a designated quarantine facility.

  • All entrants must register on Visit Japan Web.


Updated: January 7, 2022.


Please note


As always, please check government and airline requirements carefully yourself before booking a trip to Japan. Rules and restrictions can and do change quickly. Do your best to stay informed ahead of your trip.


Sources for this post: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.



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26 comments

26 Comments


Guest
Jan 30, 2023

I'm with you - I am ready to never think about COVID again, but I definitely think it makes sense that restrictions have to go back into effect given how rampant COVID-19 has been in China.

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Guest
Jan 11, 2023

Just when we think things are "safe" again, the rules keep changing. Thank you for the helpful updates! I really hope to visit Japan this year!

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Lisa
Lisa
Mar 07, 2023
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Thanks for your comment! I hope you can visit Japan soon :)

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Guest
Jan 11, 2023

Very helpful information. Thanks for sharing!

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Guest
Jan 09, 2023

This so helpful! Japan is preparing for. a huge wave of tourism this year!

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Lisa
Lisa
Jan 09, 2023
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It definitely is! We've already seen LOTS of tourist in the past few months, and it's only gonna increase as travel gets back to normal.

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Guest
Jan 08, 2023

Japan is on my bucket list! Thank you for sharing :)

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