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What COVID-19 Tests Does Japan Accept?

Vitality team understands the strict Japan requirements. The methods below are acceptable for travelers from USA to Japan.

  • Rapid nicking enzyme amplification reaction (NEAR) Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) technology  – ID Now by Abbott. Results < 1 hour.
  • RAPID Automated RT-PCR, NAAT. Results < 2 hours.
  • RT-PCR (NAAT). Results < 8 hours.

* We selected this particular technology for Japan Pre-Travel testing due to it being highly accurate and accepted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA).

Can you fill the JAPANESE Certificate of Testing for COVID-19

We are a trusted partner of multiple Japanese communities and provide clearance testing for travel between US & Japan.

We also fill at no additional cost the most recent specific Japanese certificate of Testing for COVID-19 required by the Japanese government for entry, including our physician’s signature and clinic stamp.

A custom result report with your identifying information verifying the testing methodology and the lab’s certifications, in addition to re-stating your test result.

Do children also need to obtain a certificate of testing for Japan Travel?

Japan request that children also obtain a certificate.
However, in consideration of the fact that many countries do not test preschool-aged children
as part of their system, children (generally under the age of 6) do not need to have a certificate,
as long as they are accompanied by caregivers, including parents who obtain negative testing
certificates.

Information obtained from:  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Website

Why are “nasopharyngeal swab”, “saliva” as well as “nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab” the only specified specimens for testing?

The specimens required for the certificate at the time of entry into Japan are the same as the
specimens recommended for testing asymptomatic persons in Japan. The recommended
specimens for testing asymptomatic persons are listed in the Guidelines for Testing for
Pathogens of Novel Coronavirus Infections (https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000747986.pdf),
and currently include “nasopharyngeal swabs” and “saliva”.
In addition, “nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab” has been added to the list of valid
specimens for travelers arriving in Japan after midnight (Japan time) on July 1, 2021, following
an approval by the Council of the MHLW on June 25, 2021, as a valid specimen for predeparture testing of travelers to Japan.

 

Information obtained from:  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Website

When will be the starting point of counting “72 hours before departure to Japan”?

Case A transiting through a country without immigration procedures.

Case B transiting through a country where immigration procedures are required by the domestic law.

For the case A, the starting point to count “72 hours before departure” will be the time you leave
a country from which the passenger originally departed.
For the case B, if you go out of the airport, or stay at the hotel located outside of the airport
upon transition, the starting point to count “72 hours before departure” will be the time you
leave a transit country you originally departed. Therefore, if 72 hours have passed since you
obtained a certificate at a departure country before you leave the transit country, you need to be
tested again to obtain a certificate in the transit country.
However, if you stay in the airport upon transition, the starting point to count “72 hours before
departure” will be the time you leave a departure country, which means you are not required to
obtain a certificate again at a transition country.
For example, if you travel from Sweden to Japan, transiting through Germany, the starting point
to count “72 hours before departure” will be the departure time from the airport of Sweden. If
you travel from Brazil to Japan, transiting through Mexico and the U.S.(which requires
immigration procedures), the starting point to count “72 hours before departure” will be the
departure time from the airport of Brazil, only if you don’t go out of the airport upon transition
through the U.S.

 

Information obtained from:  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Website

What happens if a flight is cancelled or delayed significantly on the day of departure to Japan and the passenger has to leave the country after 72 hours?

If the flight after the change is within 96 hours from the date and time of specimen collection,
it is not necessary to obtain the certificate again and you may board the aircraft.
On the other hand, if the time of departure after the change is over 96 hours from the date and
time of specimen collection, you are required to obtain a new certificate from the perspective
of quarantine measures.

Is an electronically issued Covid testing certificate valid?

In order to avoid confusion in place such as airport check-in counters, you are kindly requested
to present the MHLW’s prescribed format in a paper form.
However, in some cases, due to unavoidable circumstances such as the situation in each
country/region or the time constraints of the person concerned, it may not be possible to obtain
a paper copy of a testing certificate. Thus, it is acceptable to present an electronically issued
testing certificate (hereinafter referred to as “electronic testing certificate”) when boarding an
aircraft or entering Japan.
A testing certificate in an electronic format shall be treated as a valid testing certificate if it can
be presented as an attachment to an e-mail or displayed items on mobile terminal using an
application, or as a printed document.
Moreover these electronic testing certificates can be treated as valid, only if the items of
certificates are visually confirmed and are the same items as on paper testing certificates.
Any format of electronic testing certificate, such as PDF, image, photograph, is acceptable.
Nevertheless, testing certificates in a variable media (such as Word, Excel, e-mail text message
body) in which the contents can be modified by the applicant are invalid. In addition, if items
necessary for confirming the validity of the testing certificate (such as personal information,
specimens and test methods) are unclear or blurred, such certificates are also regarded as invalid.
Please kindly note that Japanese and foreign nationals entering Japan from areas other than
those subject to landing refusal will be required to print out or send them to a designated e-mail
address for submission upon entry into Japan, and that foreign nationals entering Japan from
areas subject to landing refusal will be required to submit a printed copy at the immigration.

 

Information obtained from:  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Website