Notice to all passengers departing for Japan (Updated March 26, 2021)

Thank you for flying with Japan Airlines.

 

In response to the spread of mutated strains of coronavirus, the Japanese Government is fortifying border controls and quarantine measures for people entering Japan in order to prevent a rebound in case numbers.

Strengthening border measures (Entry Restrictions and Quarantine Measures)

Restrictions on the number of passengers arriving in Japan

In accordance with instructions from the Japanese government to limit the number of passengers entering Japan, we are currently limiting the number of seats available for reservation.

This means that there may be no seats showing available when making a new reservation or making changes to an existing reservation on JAL group flights arriving into Japan. Additionally, if you already have reservation on a JAL flight, there is a possibility you may not be able to enter Japan due to the restrictions.

Please be sure to confirm the details of government restrictions in advance.

Temporary suspension of new entry for foreign nationals from all countries and regions

Currently, Temporary suspension of new entry for foreign nationals from all countries and regions.

Those who have stayed in countries and regions categorized as level 3 (Avoid All Travel) of MOFA’s Travel Advice and Warning on Infectious Diseases within 14 days before arriving in Japan) will be denied entry even if they have a valid newly entry visa that has already been issued.

 

Those who have been in countries and regions categorized as level 2 (Avoid All Travel) of MOFA’s Travel Advice and Warning on Infectious Diseases within 14 days before arriving in Japan) will not be denied entry into Japan if they have a valid newly visa that has already been issued.

 

※If you have a residence status of japan with a valid re-entry permit you will not subject to entry denial.

 

For the details of MOFA’s Travel Advice and Warning on Infectious Diseases, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

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Suspension of special measures when returning or re-entering Japan from a short-term business trip to all countries and regions

The framework for business persons residing in Japan which enables limited business activities during the 14-day stay at home period upon their return/re-entry into Japan after short-term business trip will not be applied to those who are arriving from all countries and regions.

The validity of visas already issued under “Business Track” or “Residence Track”

New entry of foreigners using the business and residence track system will be prohibited from all applicable countries and regions.

In addition, the government has decided not to allow Japanese nationals who have travelled overseas by business track or those who have resident status to relax the 14 day waiting period after returning to and re-entering Japan.

Coronavirus testing at entry

All persons entering Japan will be tested for the Coronavirus infection at the arrival airport. 

You may have to wait for a long time at the airport until the test results come out.

Mandatory submission of inspection certificate

Effective from entry on or after March 19, 2021, all persons who return to or enter Japan from abroad, regardless of the country or region in which they are staying and nationalities must provide a negative certificate of covid-19 inspection written in Japanese or English that was conducted within 72 hours prior to departure. If you are unable to submit an inspection certificate, you will not be allowed to enter Japan based on the Quarantine Law.  

The valid methods of COVID-19 inspection

Nucleic Acid Amplification Test

Other
real time RT-PCR
real time reverse transcription PCR
Next Generation Sequence
LAMP
Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification
Quantitative Antigen Test* (CLEIA)
*Not a qualitative antigen test.
TMA
Transcription Mediated Amplification
 
TRC
Transcription Reverse-transcription Concerted reaction
 
Smart Amp
Smart Amplification process
 
NEAR
Nicking Enzyme Amplification Reaction
 

The sample collection method of COVID-19 inspection

Either of the following is valid.

Sampling method

Nasopharyngeal Swab

Saliva

Please note that the following test certificates are not valid.

  • The date and time of specimen collection
    Not only the date of issuance of Test certificate, but also the date and time of specimen collection (Within 72 hours before departure) must be indicated.
  • Test methods not specified
    Qualitative antigen test is not valid.
  • Specimens not specified
    "Oral swab,Throat swab" "Nasl swab, Nose swab" The combination is also invalid.

If you do not have a valid inspection certificate, you will be denied boarding by the direction of the Government of Japan. Customers who enter or return to Japan are requested to be sure to prepare a valid inspection certificate in advance.


The following forms prepared by the Japanese government are recommended. 

You can also submit a certificate issued by a medical institution, but it must contain all necessary information same as Japanese government recommended.

The submission of sign the Written Pledge

All Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with status of residence are newly required to pledge to provide the location data to the health centers or other institutions if requested. They are required to sign the Written Pledge  when entering Japan. In case of violation, they may be subject to detention under Quarantine Act and the following measures may apply;

 (1) For Japanese nationals, names and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public.

 (2) For foreign nationals with the status of residence, names, nationalities, and other information that contribute to preventing the spread of infection may be made public. They may also be subject to the revocation of status of residence and procedures for deportation under Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law. Those who do not submit the “Written Pledge” are requested to stay at a location designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station (Only at the accommodations booked by the quarantine office) for 14 days.

Please retrieve Written Pledge is from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan page.

About mobile app Installation

Starting from March 18, 2021, all entrants (including Japanese) are required to install mobile app on their smartphones for a period of 14 days after entering Japan in order to be on standby at home, hotels, etc.

In order to view PDF documents, you will need to install Adobe Reader on your computer.

Please install the application in advance so that the quarantine procedure will be smooth when you arrive in Japan.

If you do not have a smartphone capable of using mobile app, you are required to rent a smartphone under the quarantine Act.


For more information, please refer to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) page.

Quarantine measures for people entering Japan from countries/regions where mutated strains of coronavirus are found

All foreign nationals and returnees from the "COVID-19 mutant endemic countries and regions" are required to submit an inspection certificate within 72 hours of departure, and are inspected upon entry.

After that, you will be asked to wait at the place designated by Director quarantine (Limited to accommodations secured by the quarantine office) and undergo a new inspection three days after your entry. If your test result on the third day is negative, you will be asked to leave the accommodation provided by the quarantine office and wait at home for the remaining 14 days after your entry.


Please refer to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) page for the countries and regions that the Japanese government has announced as "COVID-19 mutant endemic countries and regions".

For details, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Overseas Safety Website, or contact the Embassy or Consulate of Japan overseas.

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March 26, 2021

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