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Entry requirements

Since 1 March 2022, foreign nationals with entry purposes 1) and 2) below are regarded as with “special exceptional circumstances” and are eligible to apply to enter Japan*, given that the receiving organisations in Japan completed the prescribed applications on ERFS system in advance. In addition, foreign nationals with a short-term stay for tourism purpose 3) below may also apply to enter Japan* from 10 June 2022.

1) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) for purposes including business and employment.

2) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a long-term stay.

3) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay for tourism (only when the travel agency in Japan serves as the receiving organisation of the foreign traveller and has completed the prescribed applications). This is for travellers entering from countries/regions of Group “Blue” only and all travellers must complete Fast Track application.

*All subject to visa requirements.

 

 For other special exceptional circumstances apart from 1-3) listed above, please visit Application for Visa for foreign nationals eligible for Phased Measures toward Resuming Cross-Border Travel.

 

From 1 June 2022 in response to the global COVID-19 Omicron variant situation, requirements on vaccination certificate, on-arrival test, quarantine period and other measures after entry into Japan are based on three groups of countries/regions in which the foreign travellers stayed within 14 days before the day of return to Japan or the day of application for landing on Japan*. The three groups are ranked based on stringency of the required measures in the order of “Blue” (least stringent), “Yellow” and then “Red” (most stringent). The measures of the countries/regions with the highest risk in accordance will be applied for those who stayed in countries/regions of different groups within the aforementioned 14-day period.

*The above is only applicable to countries/regions where COVID-19 Omicron variant is dominant.

 

Group “Blue”

- Includes Hong Kong, China and the other 96 countries/regions.

- On-arrival test, home quarantine or other measures are not required, regardless of possession of a valid vaccination certificate to show triple vaccination or not.

 

Group “Yellow”

- Includes Macau and other countries/regions.

- With valid vaccination certificate to show triple vaccination: on-arrival test, home quarantine or other measures are not required.

- Without valid vaccination certificate to show triple vaccination: on-arrival test and 3-day home quarantine and negative result of a voluntary test are required OR on-arrival test and 5-day home quarantine without test are required.

 

“Group Red”

- Includes Albania, Fiji, Pakistan and Sierra Leone

- With valid vaccination certificate to show triple vaccination: on-arrival test and 3-day home quarantine and negative result of a voluntary test are required OR on-arrival test and 5-day home quarantine without test are required.

- Without valid vaccination certificate to show triple vaccination: on-arrival test and 3-day quarantine at a specific designated facility (with on-site negative test result) are required.

 

For more information on criteria for a valid vaccination certificate, please visit Japan MHLW website

 

For groupings of the countries/regions and the respective measures, please visit Japan MOFA website.

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For immigration restrictions of Japanese nationals, please visit Japan MOFA website.

 

Visa requirements

Currently, all foreign nationals who intend to enter Japan are required to apply for and successfully obtain a newly issued visa via Japan’s official overseas establishments, except for those with a valid re-entry permit.

 

For more information on visa application requirements for foreign nationals, please visit Japan MOFA website.

 

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) have been suspended, until the state of emergency in Japan is lifted.

 

From 2 December 2021, the validity of single and multiple-entry visas of the listed countries/regions have been suspended.

 

Visa exemption measures with the listed countries/regions have been temporarily suspended.

 

Boarding requirements

From 7 September 2022, passengers without valid vaccination certificate to show triple vaccination are required to provide an additional negative result proof of COVID-19 test (i.e. real time RT-PCR, Nucleic Acid Amplification test (LAMP), Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA), Transcription Reverse-transcription Concerted reaction (TRC), Smart Amplification process (Smart Amp), Nicking Enzyme Amplification Reaction (NEAR), Next Generation Sequence, Antigen test (CLEIA/ECLIA)) by specimen collection method of Nasopharyngeal (Swab/Smear), Nasopharynx (Swab/Smear),  Rhinopharyngeal (Swab/Smear), Rhinopharynx (Swab/Smear), Nasal Swab, Saliva or Deep Throat Saliva or Nasopharyngeal and Oropharyngeal Swab conducted within 72 hours before departure.

 

For more information, please visit Japan MHLW website.

 

Fast Track Application

Fast Track is available for passengers entering from Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Fukuoka Airport. To benefit from Fast Track, passengers shall pre-register for airport quarantine procedures via the MySOS app at least 6 hours prior to flight scheduled arrival time.

 

For more information, please visit Fast Track.

 

 

Hong Kong Airlines staff will perform document checks at the airport to confirm if passengers are eligible to travel to destinations with restrictions in place. Passengers without checked baggage and holding mobile or self-print boarding passes will be subject to document check before boarding.

Passengers will also be asked to declare their travel history to help us ensure eligibility to travel.

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