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What to know before travelling to Japan from Canada during COVID-19

The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for Canadians travelling to Japan.

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Canadian tourists can immerse themselves in cherry blossoms and some of the best matcha known to man with a visit to Japan. However, at this point in time, Japan has unfortunately closed its borders to all travellers from Canada.

In this guide, you will find the travel exceptions for Canadians and when the border is reopening as well as permit, testing and quarantine requirements.

Can I travel from Canada to Japan?

No, travellers from Canada are unable to visit Japan for tourism purposes at this time. Only Canadians who are Japanese citizens or permanent residents are allowed to enter.

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When can I travel to Japan? When will the Japan borders open?

Plans to open the Japanese border to Canada are constantly changing – this page will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.

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Are there any exemptions for travelling to Japan?

There are strong restrictions currently in place for Canadians travelling to Japan. At this point in time, permitted visitors from Canada are only allowed to enter Japan in the following situations:

  • You have a valid Japanese residence card (e.g. citizenship or permanent resident)
  • You have a re-entry permit

Can I travel to Japan if I'm a permanent resident or citizen?

Yes, if you're Canadian and a permanent resident or citizen of Japan, you are allowed to return to your home.

Like any traveller entering the country, those coming from Canada will be subject to the latest quarantine and COVID test rules.

What are the entry requirements for Japan coming from Canada?

Do I need a permit to enter Japan?

With less than a handful of exceptions being made for Canucks entering Japan, there currently isn’t a permit that travellers can apply for that is COVID-19 specific – standard visa requirements apply.

Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?

No, at this point in time Canadian travellers don’t need to show proof of vaccination to enter Japan.

Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing for Japan?

Yes, all Canadians need to provide a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken within 72 hours of arrival in Japan. Travellers from Canada need to fill out the Certificate of Testing for COVID-19 Form prior to travel and might be retested when they arrive.

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Japan?

All permitted travellers from Canada need to quarantine for 14 days. Canadians who are permitted entry into Japan need to submit a Written Pledge and install a video app that has access to your location – Japanese government officials will use this application to contact you daily via video call to confirm your location and health.

Canadian visitors who don't have a phone will be made to rent one and Japanese officials will visit in person if you are uncontactable for more than three days. Travellers from Canada are not to use public transport upon arrival in Japan.

Frequently asked questions about travelling from Canada to Japan:

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