The Japanese government has amended its COVID-19 entry requirements.

Key Points:

  • As of Aug. 15, all individuals traveling to Japan must have a certificate of inspection completed within 72 hours before departure. The certificate must include the:
    • Traveler’s name.
    • Traveler’s date of birth.
    • Testing method for COVID-19 (PCR, LAMP, TMA, PRC, Smart Amp, NEAR or Next Generation Sequence).
    • Sample method (nasopharyngeal swab, nasal swab, saliva, or nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab).
    • Date and time of test.
    • Result.
    • Name of medical institution
    • Issuance date.
  • Travelers must complete fast-track registration at least six hours before departure to Japan. Fast-track registration will allow travelers to receive pre-approval of COVID-related documents that they must have to enter the country.

Additional Information: More information regarding Japan’s COVID-19 entry requirements and procedures for travelers from specific countries and regions is available here.

BAL Analysis: Japanese authorities have amended the country’s COVID-19 entry requirements and introduced the fast-track requirement with intent to reduce entry delays. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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