Traveling home to Japan?
Approved RT-PCR and NEAR tests available at CityHealth
Certified Trusted Testing Partner
Travel tests for Japan nationals flying home
Japan remains closed to tourists and short-term stays, including those wishing to attend the Olympics.
- Proof of a negative NAAT COVID test is required. Acceptable tests include RT-PCR and Abbott NEAR test types.
- Those flying from the US (and 157 other countries) are subject to quarantine or denial of entry, regardless of whether or not they’ve been tested or vaccinated.
- Vaccination status does not affect your ability to enter Japan. Negative test results are required.
Travelers entering Japan are subject to health testing upon entry. You may need to quarantine for 14 days at your expense, regardless of your testing or vaccination status.
Please note: Regulations are subject to change without notice.
Please check with the US Embassy & Consulates in Japan for the most up-to-date information about visiting Japan.
✓ For Japan nationals only
✓ Results within 6 hours
✓ Approved Digital Health Certificate confirming your result
✓ Clinical follow up if positive
* Most insurance providers cover COVID testing
Self-pay cost $170 – $220
How it Works
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Tests must be taken within 3 days (72 hours) of scheduled departure. CityHealth offers RT-PCR and Abbott NEAR tests. These are both Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT) and approved for entry to Japan.
Sample analysis >
Recieve results immediately after your sample has been tested at our CLIA certified lab partner.
NEAR results are ready in under 6 hours and PCR results are ready the day after testing.
Enjoy your trip >
Please remember that even with proof of a negative COVID test, you may still be subject to health testing or quarantine upon arrival in Japan.
Questions about traveling to Japan
No. Japan remains closed to tourists and short-term stays. Only Japanese nationals are permitted to re-enter the country and are subject to strict testing regulations. These restrictions are subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the US Embassy and Consulates in Japan website.
Results should be presented using the format approved by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign affairs. You can view and download the Valid Format of Certificate of Negative Test Result here.
Please bring this with your to your appointment.
Please bring your passport to your testing appointment as well.
The CDC lists Japan’s COVID level as “High”.
Unvaccinated travelers should avoid all nonessential travel.
For the most up-to-date information, please check the CDC’s Japan website.
Approved tests for travel to Japan include RT-PCR, LAMP, TMA, TRC, NEAR, CLEIA, and Smart Amp tests.
CityHealth offers the RT-PR Molecular PCR test, as well as Abbott NEAR tests, both are approved for entry to Japan.
Pre-travel tests must be administered within 3 days of your flight to Japan.
If you take the wrong test, you will not be able to board your flight to Japan. You will need to take an approved NAAT test and provide proof of a negative COVID test before being allowed to board the plane.
If your flight is delayed for more than 24 hours you will have to re-take your test, to keep your test within the required 3-day testing window.
Yes. Even if you are fully vaccinated, you must still present proof of a recent negative COVID test.
Yes, you will need proof of a negative Rapid Antigen or Molecular PCR test to re-enter the US.
Worried about finding a testing provider away from home? CityHealth’s RapidReturn test kits allow you to take a travel-approved, clinician-supervised Rapid Antigen test from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Purchase and pack your test kits before you leave, and test when you’re ready to return. Learn more about RapidReturn test kits.
Questions about international travel
Yes. Per CDC recommendations, even fully vaccinated travelers are required to present proof of a negative COVID test before travel.
No. Pre-travel tests must be taken prior to boarding. If you do not have proof of a negative COVID test, you may not be allowed to board your flight.
The CDC recommends that all travelers get COVID tested within 3-5 days of returning home from international travel.
For the most up to date information, please check the CDC’s website.
Yes. You will need proof of a negative COVID test to board a plane bound for the US. This must be either a Rapid Antigen or Molecular PCR test from a licensed provider and taken within 3 days of your scheduled departure.
For return travel to the US, we recommend the CityHealth RapidReturn Test Kit. Purchase and pack kits before you depart, and activate them to take a Rapid Antigen test when it’s time for your return test. You’ll get a travel-ready Digital Health Certificate confirming your results within an hour. Learn more about RapidReturn COVID tests here.
The CDC recommends that international travelers take another COVID test within 3-5 days of returning home, even if they are fully vaccinated. International travelers are at increased risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 variants.
For more information about COVID testing in the San Francisco Bay area, please visit CityHealth’s COVID Testing Page.
Per CDC recommendations, anyone who is not vaccinated should not travel.
You should only travel after being fully vaccinated (2 weeks after your second dose, or 2 weeks after getting the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
Even if you are fully vaccinated, you must still provide proof of a negative COVID test prior to boarding a plane.