Japan travel restrictions
Passengers entering Japan are required to install location tracking and contact tracing apps on their smartphone. Those without a smartphone or own one that does not allow the installation of apps must rent a smartphone at the airport at their own expense on arrival in Japan. Visit www.mhlw.go.jp for information on the required apps and set-up.
Starting from 21 January 2021, Business Track and Residence Track Visa (including single and multiple-entry visas) issued by 8 March 2020 by Japanese Embassies or Consulates General in China (including Hong Kong and Macau) will be suspended, until the state of emergency in Japan is lifted.
Starting from 27 December 2020, all foreigners are not permitted to enter Japan, except:
-Japan Citizens (Japan passport holders)
-Japan Permanent residents
-Foreigners with Japan Visa remarks “EX-R” (Passengers who have travel history in the UK and South Africa in the past 14 days will be denied entry to Japan.)
Foreigners who have visited the followingregions within 14 days will be denied entry to Japan, while all nationalsentered from the following regions are required to take COVID-19 test uponarrival:
Bangladesh,Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, ThePhilippines
Canada andUnited States
- Latin America and the Caribbean
Argentine,Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica,Colombia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana,Guatemala, Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama,Paraguay, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Christopher and Nevis,Suriname, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela
Azerbaijan,Albania, Armenia, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina,Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia,Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz,Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia,Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland,Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, the United Kingdom, Ukraine,Uzbekistan, Vatican
- Middle East
Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Oman,Qatar, Kuwait, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Lebanese, Jordan
Algeria,Botswana, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Congo,Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia,Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya,Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of South Africa, Rwanda, Sao Tomeand Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia,Union of Comoros, Zambia, Zimbabwe
All nationals arriving from all regions willundergo 14-day self-quarantine at designated places and to refrain from usingpublic transport.
Visaexemption measures with the countries and regions listed below are temporarilysuspended:
Bangladesh, Brunei,Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia,Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
Australia, Nauru,New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon
- Latin America andthe Caribbean
Argentine, Bahamas,Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala,Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay
Andorra, Austria,Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland,Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco,Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia,Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan,Vatican
- Middle East
Israel, Iran, Oman,Qatar, United Arab Emirates
Visaexemptions granted by the Japanese Government to APEC Business Travel Card(ABTC) issued by the following countries and regions is also suspended:
- Australia, Brunei,China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, NewZealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand,Vietnam
Newmeasures for border enforcement during the state of emergency
Starting from 13 January 2021
- All travellers (including Japanese nationals)entering Japan will be required to submit a negative result of pre-entry COVID-19 test conductedwithin 72 hours before departure until the lifting of the state of emergency.
Starting from 9 January 2021
- All travellers (including Japanese nationals)are required to conduct COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival Japan.
- All travellers will undergo self-quarantine atown residence for 14 days and to refrain from using public transport.
Travellers who cannot submit a negativeCOVID-19 test result will be requested to stay at specific facilitiesdesignated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station for three days after arrival.
Those who tested negative for COVID-19 test onthe third day are required to self-quarantine at own residence until 14 daysafter entering Japan.
Specialrequirement for travellers entering from designated places
Foreigners who have visited the UK and SouthAfrica (Ireland, Israel and Amazonas [Brazil] effective from 5 February 2021) within14 days will be denied entry to Japan.
Japan Citizens and Residents who have stayedin the above places in the last 14 days should meet the following criteria whenentering Japan:
- Submit inspection certificate
Submit a negative certificate issuedwithin 72 hours by the local medical institution before departure. Travellersunable to provide an inspection certificate will be sent to a governmentaccommodation to undergo 14 days of quarantine upon arrival
- Quarantine in a government accommodation
Travellers will need to take COVID-19 test at the airport and willbe sent to a government accommodation for quarantine. Travellers tested negative on the third daycan continue the remaining of quarantine at home.
- Submit written pledge
Travellersare required to submit a written pledge and storetheir location information by using a map application function and COVID-19Contact application for 14 days after arrival in Japan. Travellers are notallowed to use public transportation and need to report health conditions byusing LINE application.
COVID-19test certificate requirements
COVID-19 test should be taken within72 hours before the departure time of the flight and show the following validsamples and testing methods:
- Nasopharyngeal (swab/smear) or Nasopharynx
Nucleicacid amplification test
- PCR - Polymerase chain reaction.
- RT-PCR - Reverse transcription PCR
- LAMP - Loop-mediated isothermal amplification
- TMA - Transcription mediated amplification
- TRC – Transcription-reverse transcriptionconcerted reaction
- Smart Amp - Smart amplification process
- Nicking endonuclease amplificationreaction
-Next generation sequencing
- Quantitative antigen test (CLEIA)
Hong Kong Airlines staff will performdocument checks at the airport to confirm if passengers are eligible to travelto destinations with restrictions in place. Passengers without checked baggageand holding mobile or self-print boarding passes will be subject to documentcheck before boarding.
Passengers will also be asked todeclare their travel history over the last 14 days to help us ensureeligibility to travel. It is important that all passengers disclose if theyhave visited Mainland China during this period.
Hong Kong Airlines offers special waivers forrebooking, rerouting or refund for passengers travelling with confirmed bookingson Hong Kong Airlines (HX) flights to/from these destinations or transiting viaHong Kong. Please refer to our special ticketing arrangements for details.