On June 22nd, 2022,
Travelling to Japan under current Covid-19 restrictions
So you’ve booked your guided tour and you are ready to come and visit us in the land of the rising sun. Unfortunately you can’t just jump straight on the plane, the current covid-19 border restrictions make this a little bit more complicated. Here is our guide to going through the process of getting your visa and registering the required details.
Step 0: Book a guided tour
Currently, Japan only accepts inbound tourist visitors who are joining a guided tour organised and managed by a company licensed under the Travel Agency Act. All our Guided Tours meet this requirement provided we add travel to and from your point of entry and departure.
Step 1: Get a “Certificate for Completion of Registration to the ERFS system”
This certificate confirms you are registered with the “Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System” and is issued by a registered travel agency.
If you are travelling with us, we can provide you with the certificate. We will need your name, date of birth, passport number, and nationality, exactly as shown in your passport. If there’s any spelling error, the certificate won’t be valid. It is safe to send us a scan of your passport for this.
Step 2: Book your flights
While it might be a little unnerving to book flights before you get your visa, you are required to show tickets for entry and departure when you apply for your visa.
We recommend booking a flight that arrives directly to Sapporo New Chitose if possible, but for the majority of countries you will have to transit via Tokyo or Osaka, which means you will finish the immigration process in those airports. Be sure to leave plenty of time (3 – 4 hours!) if you are booking an onward flight to Hokkaido.
Step 3: Get a tourist visa from your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate
Once you have the “Certificate for Completion of Registration to the ERFS system” and you have your flights booked, you are ready to head to a Japanese embassy or consulate to get your visa.
You will need to fill out an application form, including a photo, and provide an itinerary for your trip. We will send you a pre-filled itinerary with the “Certificate for Completion of Registration to the ERFS system”.
Step 4: Get a Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure
The moment of truth! All travellers are required to submit a certificate of negative Covid-19 conducted within 72 hours of departure. Because of the tight time-frame it is essential that you get a test with a quick turn around!
Step 5: Install the “MySOS” app and optionally complete the fast track registration
The government uses the MySOS app to track health updates if needed. You will likely need to show the app to immigration. If you are arriving at an airport that has “Fast Track”, currently Tokyo Narita, Haneda, Chubu, Kansai and Fukuoka, you can also register your negative test on the MySOS app to speed up the immigration process once you arrive.
Step 6: Register with Visit Japan Web
Once you have your negative test certificate you also need to register the result with Visit Japan Web. You can also input immigration details in advance to speed up the process once you arrive. If you have already registered your details on the MySOS app, you can use the app to submit them to Visit Japan Web.
Step 7: Arrive and meet your guides
Welcome to Japan! Our guides will be there to meet you at the airport once you get through the immigration procedures. We will handle any onward travel so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your Hokkaido adventure.
We can host inbound travellers on our guided tours