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Japan Travel Restrictions

65,59% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 63,34% last week
Most visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Japan.

Japan entry details and exceptions

Visitors from permitted countries will not be permitted to enter if they have been in a banned country in the last 14 days. All foreign nationals without a re-entry permit will need to apply for a visa.

Restriction do not apply to Japanese nationals, holders of permanent or long-term residency permits with a re-entry permit or re-entry confirmation letter, spouses or children of Japanese citizens or permanent residents, direct relatives of Japanese nationals.

For more details visit the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Outgoing travel to JapanTravelling from South Africa to Japan

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Japan.

Details and exceptions

All travelers including Japanese nationals have to submit a certificate of negative covid test result conducted within 72 hours prior to departing from the country/region where travelers stay when entering Japan.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors from South Africa will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Japan.

Details and exceptions

All travelers, including Japanese nationals, are required to quarantine at a location designated by the quarantine station chief. Travelers are required to take the COVID-19 test again on the 3rd day of quarantine. Travelers who test negative are still required to self-quarantine at home until completion of 14 days after entering Japan.


Return travelReturning to South Africa from Japan

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from Japan must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to South Africa.

Details and exceptions

traveler with no proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and if positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate at their own cost, for a period of 10 days.

Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from Japan are not required to quarantine upon entering South Africa.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions

Travelers who display any COVID-19–related symptoms must be tested on arrival. In the event that the result of the COVID-19 test is positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. The cost of testing and quarantine will be on the travelers' expense.

Documents
Health Declaration Form

Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for Japan

Masks:Required in public spaces.
Restaurants:Open with restrictions
Bars:Open with restrictions

FAQs

  • Most foreign visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Japan. Please check the official guidelines from Japan for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.

  • Fully vaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Japan.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Japan.

  • Mask usage in Japan is required in public spaces.

  • Restaurants in Japan are open with restrictions. Bars in Japan are open with restrictions.

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