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Pre-Travel RT- PCR COVID Testing for Travel Between US & Japan


COVID-19日本への旅行のためのテスト

Vitality has successfully tested thousands traveling to Japan since August 2020. We are a trusted partner of Japanese communities and provide the clearance testing needed for travel between the US & Japan.

We are closely following the Japanese Government’s requirements and use the latest required test certificate from the Japanese government.

私たちのテストはすべての航空会社によって認められています
日本政府からの最新の必要なフォームを使用します。
2020年8月以来、日本への何千人もの旅行者のテストに成功しています。

 

Steps:

  1. Schedule an appointment with Vitality.
  2. Get tested with either our NEAR or RT-PCR technology.
  3. Receive your COVID report via E-Mail.
  4. Vitality completes the Japan Certificate of Testing for COVID-19 and sends it via E-Mail.
  5. Fly Safely and stress-free!

Which COVID-19 Tests are Allowed for Travel to Japan?

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

On March, 09, 2022, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan authorized non invasive collection method “Nasal Swab”.
* Nasal, Nasopharyngeal swabs and Saliva are the only collection methods accepted by Japan.

We selected this particular technology for Japan Pre-Travel testing due to its high accuracy and its acceptance by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA).


Why Choose Vitality Urgent Care?

  • FDA Authorized Testing  Technologies
  • Guaranteed Timely Results
  • Trusted partner of multiple Japanese communities
  • Multiple Locations in Skokie, Vernon Hills, Naperville, and Arlington Heights/Rolling Meadows
  • We specialize in countries with complex documentation requirements like Japan
  • Custom documentation and Fit-To-Fly documentation are provided at no additional cost  “Japan Certificate “
  • Mobile testing available – we can come to your home or office/site
  • Available for both individuals and groups

Price Menu

  • $200 RT-PCR COVID-19 – < 48 hours
  • $250 RT-PCR COVID-19 – < 24 hours
  • $300 RT-PCR COVID-19 – < 8 hours
  • $320 – (NEAR) (NAAT)  Covid 19 < 20 min  (Japan only)
  • $350 RT-PCR COVID-19 – < 2 hours 

Please note that COVID tests done solely for travel reasons are not submitted to your insurance and you must pay out-of-pocket for your coronavirus test.


Vitality Locations and Partners

Pre-Travel Covid testing is by appointment only.

We offer convenient collection options with our CLIA Certified laboratory partners, allowing us to deliver expediated results within hours of your appointment.

We offer a few convenient locations by appointment only

The travel experience looks a little different now, and we’re here to help you arrive prepared!


Keep travel safe and COVID-free!


Pre-Travel COVID exam

 

Vitality Urgent and Primary Care is a Nurse Practitioner-owned company that has a financial interest in ancillary services such as clinical lab services and diagnostic testing, provided by our partner affiliates.




COVID-19 Testing FAQ - Travel Between US & Japan

Why Choose Vitality Urgent Care for Travel Between USA and Japan Testing?

  • Vitality understands and meets all the requirements for certificate of testing for entering Japan.
  • Trusted partner of multiple Japanese communities and ANA travel agencies
  • Multiple Locations in Chicago, Arlington Heights and Naperville
  • We specialize in countries with complex documentation requirements like Japan
  • Custom documentation in Japanese format are provided at no additional cost “Japan Certificate “
  • FDA Authorized Testing  Technologies
  • Guaranteed Timely Results
  • Mobile testing available – we can come to your home or office/site
  • Available for both individuals and groups

Is an Appointment Required?

We ask that an appointment be made in advance to reduce wait times and ensure accurate availability. You may schedule a same-day appointment through our website or over the phone by calling 224-601-5001. We are able to accommodate most last-minute requests as well.

What COVID-19 Tests Does Japan Accept?

Vitality team understands the strict Japan requirements for international travel. The methods below are acceptable for travelers between 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.
  • RT-PCR (NAAT). Results < 24 hours.

Sample collection method is valid only for one of the following.
Nasopharyngeal Swab/Nasal Swab※/Saliva/Nasopharyngeal and Oropharyngeal Swabs
※Nasal Swab is valid when the test method is Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAAT) .

Vitality has both of the above mentioned test which are  NEAR and Rapid as well as  conventional RT-PCR’s.

* 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 Travel Agencies. Vitality understand the strict requirements for pre-travel between US & Japan and fill the documents in prescribed format at no additional cost.

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 imprint / 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 you Test Children?

Vitality Urgent Care and its affiliates accommodate patients of all ages.

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

What collection method is authorized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan?

Great News!

“Nasal Swab” has been added to the list of valid specimens for travelers arriving in Japan after midnight (Japan time) on March 9, 2022, as a valid specimen for pre-departure testing of travelers to Japan.

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 “Nasal – non invasive ( Newly authorized as of 03.09.2022), nasopharyngeal swabs” and “saliva”.
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?

A certificate, whether in paper (including a copy) or electronic media, is valid as long as it can
be verified that all of the items to be included in the certificate are satisfied. However, a
certificate will not be valid if the contents can be changed by the applicant (e.g., Word, Excel,
e-mail text, etc.) or if the items required to verify the certificate (specimen, test method, etc.)
are indistinct.
To avoid confusion at check-in counters and other on-site locations at each airport, we strongly
encourage to use the “Fast Track” method of pre-screening.
If you do not use “Fast Track”, we request you to use the template provided by the MHLW.

Information obtained from:  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Website


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