Posted: November 7

Kyotango Covid-19 News Update

While Covid-19 travel restrictions have been largely relaxed in Japan, there is always the potential for sudden changes. As such we encourage anyone considering a holiday in Japan to look carefully at the requirements for entry, and rules to follow while in Japan.

For those currently in Japan we ask you to continue following the official advice on travel and gatherings and any local rules businesses may have regarding masks, social distance etc.

Entering Japan

The restrictions for entering Japan have been largely relaxed, however, they are still subject to change. We recommend using the following webpages for accurate and up-to-date information:

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO):

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA):

For a first-hand account of entering Japan under the new guidelines check our blog post here.

Quick Reference

The following is a quick reference guide only and the above links should be used for official travel purposes. Information is accurate for 7th November 2022.


When entering Japan you must provide proof that you have received 3 doses from the list of approved vaccines. Approved vaccines include: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and more. Please see the above MOFA link for a list of all approved vaccines

If you do not have proof of 3 doses then a certificate of a negative test result taken within 72-hours can be submitted instead.

Proof of vaccine and negative test result certificate must be in either English or Japanese.

Fast Track

To make entry to Japan easier for tourists, and returning residents and citizens the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare suggest using Visit Japan Web. By registering your travelling party, and completing all required fields prior to arrival in Japan it should make your transition through quarantine, immigration (where necessary) and customs a quicker procedure.

To learn more please follow the link here.

While In Japan

While many countries have stopped mandatory usage of masks, in Japan it is still advised that people wear masks when in public, in particular when indoors and engaging in conversation. Many businesses will expect you to wear masks when visiting their stores, and you may find yourself being asked to leave if you refuse to wear a mask.

As such it is recommended that you carry at minimum the masks you will need for your flight and passing through the airport in your carry-on luggage. More masks can be purchased from any convenience store, drug store, or supermarket.

JNTO Hotline

The Japan National Tourism Organization operates a 24 hour 365 days a year information and accident and emergency hotline. Including Covid-19 information. It is available in English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

From Japan 050-3816-2787

From Overseas +81-50-3816-2787

Stay Informed

Keep up-to-date with the latest covid-19 news in Japan NHK World News. Available in English, Chinese, Thai, and a variety of other languages.

NHK has recently launched a Multilingual Emergency Update site which will contain information on natural disasters and the ongoing pandemic.

If you are interested in using any of the above designs: please download the logo sticker, application forms or guideline pictograms from our Japanese Site.