Things changed earlier this year regarding entering Japan, and as of April 29th 2023 there are no longer Covid control measures being used when entering the country. As stated on the official Ministry of Foreign Affairs website:
All travelers and returnees will no longer be required to submit either a certificate of negative result of COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure, or a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate of three doses or equivalent.
For most travellers things are essentially back to normal. The new digital Visit Japan Web system is still one option for entry, but you can also enter just filling in the immigration paperwork manually as well.
One hot tip from us – when entering Japan recently we found the lines for standard (paperwork) entry were quite small, while everyone using the digital system took more time to get though. Airport staff are hurriedly running about helping people using the digital entry system, as it doesn’t really speed up the entry process, if anything making it a bit more complex.
Now that Covid measures have been removed:
- Travel to Japan is essentially back to normal, no visa is required.
- No proof of a negative Covid test is required
- No proof of vaccination status is required
- Travellers don’t need to quarantine on arrival in Japan
We’ll continue to update this info as we get closer to winter to make sure you take the best line back into Japan!