Travel Requirements for International Travelers During the Covid Pandemic

This page is for all international travelers, including U. S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, immigrants, and non-U. citizens.

It is a tool to help you understand the requirements to board a flight to the United States during the Covid pandemic. If you have finished isolation, you still need to continue wearing your mask according to CDC guidelines. If you have been exposed to a person with Covid-19 in the past 10 days, all air passengers traveling to the United States must provide contact information to airlines before boarding flights. If you are not fully vaccinated and are allowed to travel to the United States by air through an exception, you will be required to sign a certificate (legal statement) prior to boarding your flight to the United States stating that you comply with the exception.

Depending on the type of exception, you may also need to state that you have decided to take certain protective measures. For more information, visit the CDC website for additional information and FAQs. All non-immigrants and non-U. citizens traveling by plane to the United States must be fully vaccinated and present proof of vaccination status before boarding a plane to the United States.

This requirement does not apply to U. lawful permanent residents (green card holders) or immigrants. For detailed information on Covid-19 vaccine requirements for travel to the United States, visit our travel requirements page. Travelers to the United States who have recently been in close contact with a person who has Covid-19 should review the CDC guidance before traveling.

While in Japan, close contacts should review the advice on the MHLW website. Citizens are urged to follow all national and prefectural guidelines related to Covid-19 in order to protect their health, keeping in mind that transmission rates can accelerate and hospital capacity can quickly be put under strain in many areas. Entry and exit requirements for travel to Japan are very limited for U. Potential applicants should review applicable information and apply online by visiting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs eVisa website.

Travelers approved to travel to Japan should review U. military personnel arriving in Japan under the Status of Forces Agreement should consult with their chain of command to ensure they understand quarantine and movement restriction requirements before starting their trip. Japanese citizens and foreign residents with a re-entry permit can generally re-enter Japan, but must comply with testing and quarantine measures if necessary. Travelers who fall outside these categories and believe they qualify for travel to Japan should review details on the Foreign Ministry's “Resumption of Cross-Border Travel” website and “Border Measures to Prevent Spread of Novel Coronavirus” website as well as on the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website or contact their nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for more information. Students and technical learners should contact their educational institutions directly for guidance. All travelers allowed to travel to Japan, regardless of age, must receive a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of leaving the international leg of their trip; domestic travel before international flight is not counted within 72 hours.

These tests must be submitted in prescribed format and must meet very strict requirements as described on Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website; failure to complete prescribed form as required by Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Welfare may result in being denied entry into Japan. The Japanese government has announced that passengers who have been fully vaccinated and who have received a booster with vaccines approved by Japanese government and who arrive in Japan starting September 7 will no longer need pre-trip Covid-19 test; details are currently available in Japanese on Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website (continue checking Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website for more information in English).Upon arrival in Japan, travelers will need to complete documentation and may be asked to download various smartphone apps; if traveler doesn't have smartphone, most international airports offer option of renting one upon arrival. Travelers entering Japan can use electronic customs declaration gates (e-Gates) for customs clearance reducing contact between people; travelers may want learn more about program before arriving in Japan; see Japan Customs website for more information. Yes, negative Covid-19 test is required for entry; however Japanese government announced that passengers who have been fully vaccinated and who have received booster with vaccines approved by Japanese government and who arrive in Japan starting September 7 will no longer need pre-trip Covid-19 testing. Yes, there are health screening procedures at airports and other ports of entry; U. citizens wishing obtain information about visa extensions should consult with Immigration Service Agency; if questions about travel restrictions of government of Japan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides contact information in Section Five of this website as well as contact Japanese Immigration Information Centers. No curfew restrictions on intercity or interstate travel. Travelers from United States to Japan regardless of vaccination status will need quarantine.

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