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Written by: Zunita Ramli

Document Information & Requirements To Enter Japan

It has been announced that starting October 11, 2022, Japan removed the cap for daily arrival and re-instated visa-free travel for eligible passport holders. That means, eligible passport-holders are no longer needed to use travel agents to arrange for their travel in Japan instead, they will get the automatic visa-on-arrival (VoA) when they land in Japan – just like before. How convenient!

Welcome to Japan message at Narita International Airport. Photo by Zunita Ramli.

This is the list of eligible passport holders per Oct 17, 2022.

Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, & Uruguay.

Source: Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

But wait, before you pack up and leave, these are the things that you need to know before entering Japan:

Visa Exemption For Up To 90 Days

Eligible passport-holders do not need a visa to enter Japan for a short-term stay of fewer than 90 days from 11 October 2022 onwards.

Entry Procedure

In order to enter Japan, eligible passport holders need to have either

a) COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate or

b) Negative PCR Test 

COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate

If you choose option a) COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate it must show 3 doses of valid vaccinations which are listed in the table below;

Source: Embassy of Japan in Malaysia

If you are unvaccinated, did not complete 3 doses, or already had 3 doses of vaccine but not listed in the above list, you need to use option b) Negative PCR Test to enter Japan.

Negative PCR Test

If you have to choose option b) a Negative PCR Test to enter Japan, you need to have a negative PCR Test 72 hours prior to boarding. This PCR Test must be done at the medical facility and must follow the guidelines and requirements of the Japanese government. So, it is highly recommended to do the PCR Testing at a medical facility that is familiar with the requirements.

Children Requirements

a) If the children are under 18 years old; accompanied by a guardian who possesses a valid vaccination certificate, the children do not need to have valid vaccination certificates or negative PCR Test results.

b) If the children are under 18 years old but above 6 years old; accompanied by a guardian who enters Japan with a negative certificate, the children also need to have a negative PCR Test result.

c) If the children are below 6 years old; accompanied by a guardian who enters Japan with a negative certificate, children do not need to have a negative PCR Test result.

So, the children’s requirements are heavily dependent on the guardian. If the guardian has completed 3 doses of valid vaccination, the children under 18 years old do not need to have any valid vaccine certificate or negative PCR Test.

MySOS

MySOS is an online system, either web-based or app, which handles some Japanese entry requirements before entering Japan from overseas.

Before entering Japan, make sure to install the MySOS app on your smartphone or you can simply use the website version of MySOS.

For the MySOS registration, you need:

  1. Register passport
  2. Fill in an online questionnaire
  3. Upload a valid vaccine certificate or negative PCR Test result

Once you fulfilled all the requirements above, your MySOS will turn to BLUE color. The blue color indicates everything is clear, you do not need quarantine nor PCR Test upon arrival.

But depending on your situation, different colors might appear in your MySOS system.

RED – This indicates there is an error in the system. You need to register again.

YELLOW – This indicates incomplete registration

GREEN – This indicates you need either quarantine or a PCR Test upon arrival

Sample of mySOS blue screen

FAQ

But one might ask, what will happen if you do not have 3 doses of valid vaccine certificate and you have a positive PCR Test 72 prior to boarding?

You need to reschedule your flight until you get a negative PCR Test result 72 hours before boarding. Hence it is wise to book a flight ticket with the flexibility of changing/delaying your flight ticket.

So now you have fulfilled all the requirements, it is time to go!

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