Japan’s borders reopen for international students

By Tao
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This article is no longer updated. As of October 11, 2022, Japan has fully reopened its borders. For the latest information, read our article on entry requirements for students, or check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Japanese government has announced that Japan’s borders will reopen for international students from March 2022. Japan imposed an entry ban at the start of the global pandemic and eased it briefly in November 2021, before quickly reimposing the ban following the outbreak of the omicron variant. The restrictions meant only Japanese citizens and returning foreign residents could arrive in the country.

Learn more about this latest update on Japan’s borders reopening and what it means for language school students. 

Note that there is still more information to come as of the writing of this article.

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The basics

Borders will reopen for international students from March 1. The daily cap of how many people will be allowed to arrive per day will increase from 3500 to 7000. 

At the time of writing this article, we are still waiting for final details about the process. However if you have already chosen a place at a language school, your coordinator will be in touch with you with more information in due course.

Quarantine period for students

From June 1 2022, Japan waived COVID-19 tests and self-quarantine periods for people arriving from low-risk areas. The government has categorised countries and regions into three groups: red, yellow and blue. The blue group will be the low-risk group and visitors from that group will not have to take tests or follow quarantine rules, even if they have not received their booster shots.

Visitors from the red group will need to take tests upon arrival and isolate for three days at a designated quarantine facility. If they have all three vaccine shots, then they can self-quarantine in their own accommodation instead.

Those from the yellow group must also take tests and self-quarantine in their own accommodation for three days, unless they have all three shots in which case they will not have to take the tests or quarantine.

For the most updated information on which countries are in which groups, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan website or contact us. Please also contact us to organise your accommodation if needed for quarantine and post-quarantine.

Once in Japan and in quarantine, you should refrain from using public transport. However you can use public transport to get to your private accommodation for quarantine if you do so within 24 hours of your negative PCR test which you do upon arrival in Japan.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure to check your passport, it must be valid at least 6 months from the moment you enter Japan. If you need to renew your passport please do so ASAP and send us a copy of the new one.

COVID-19 test requirement

If you are fully vaccinated and boosted, you will no longer be required to show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours before flying to Japan. This comes into effect on September 7 2022.

If you’re not boosted, then you must still present a printed copy or original of a negative PCR test that you have taken within 72 hours before flying. You must also provide a document that has been filled in and signed by a medical institution. 


Once you receive your visa, you can start booking flights to Japan, as well as accommodation. Contact your Go! Go! Nihon team member for help with finding a place to live – we partner with several accommodation partners that offer a range of options.

Read more about the types of accommodation you can find in Japan here.

You must confirm your accommodation before arriving in Japan as you will need the address for the official forms you fill out when you arrive. This will be the place where you will quarantine after arriving, so it must be accurate. 

The school you have applied to may offer quarantine accommodation which you pay for. Some require students to use their package and not book their own accommodation, so please follow your school’s instructions if this is the case.

If your school doesn’t offer a quarantine package, Go! Go! Nihon has an option in collaboration with our partner BeGood Japan.

  • Hotel (required)
  • Pickup (optional)
  • Insurance (optional)
  • Online course discount (optional)
  • BeGood Japan rent discount (optional) for your accommodation with them after quarantine.

If you are interested in booking the package please fill out the form (Haneda and Narita arrivals only): https://gogonihon.com/en/pick-up-and-stay-quarantine-package/

If you are looking for a quarantine location for a Kansai International airport arrival or you are looking for a higher quality hotel for Haneda and Narita, please use this form instead.

Staying in a private apartment for quarantine

If you are planning to live in a private apartment during your stay in Japan, you can use it to do the self-isolation period. 

Staying in a share house for quarantine

If you are staying in any form of shared accommodation, please be aware that not all accommodation partners allow people to complete their quarantine period in their shared houses for the safety of their other occupants. Please double check with your chosen accommodation option. 

Staying with a host family for quarantine

If you are applying for a homestay, there is no single answer as to whether you can start your stay with them after arrival. It depends on the host family and your chosen school. In the event that you are not allowed to move in with them upon arrival, we would recommend our package.

If you have any questions about accommodation, please contact us.

Airport pick-up

Go! Go! Nihon is pleased to offer a pick-up service from Narita, Haneda and Kansai Airports. You can book for multiple people at once and it’s a service for anyone, not just Go! Go! Nihon students. There is a charge for this service and you can see all the prices, as well as make your booking, here: https://gogonihon.com/en/pick-up-reservation/

October 2022 applications

We are currently accepting applications to begin studying in Japan in October. If this is too soon, there are also courses starting in January and April 2023. We recommend continuing your application process as normal if you are committed to studying in Japan. There will likely be further updates in coming weeks and months, so we encourage you to proceed with your application so you don’t miss out. 

Go! Go! Nihon here to help

You probably still have some questions about what it means for you now that Japan’s borders are reopening, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. If you are already signed up to study in Japan, or you’re in the process of completing your application, your coordinator will be in touch with the latest news as soon as we receive updates.

In the meantime, check out our blog for other Japan and language-related articles.

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