Due to the changing nature of the news relating to Japan’s borders during the pandemic, please check with the Ministry of Health Japan, valid news sources or your local Japanese embassy on the latest updates regarding vaccine passports in Japan.
Japanese nationals and those resident in Japan have been able to apply for a vaccine passport since late July 2021. As someone residing in Japan, valid student visa holders are also eligible to apply for a vaccine passport.
Here is the information you need to know about the vaccine passport and how to apply for it.
How do vaccine passports in Japan work?
There are two types of vaccine passports: one for domestic use and one for international.
Residents of Japan who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can apply for a vaccine passport. For international travel, you need to get a vaccine certificate first from your local ward or municipality office. You can also get it through the Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate app.
The certificate can be printed off at your local convenience store using their My Number cards.
You can see a list of the countries that accept Japan’s vaccine passport here. Note that completely quarantine-free travel is not guaranteed with a vaccine passport and will depend on the policies of the country you are travelling to.
How do I apply for a vaccine passport?
You can now apply for your vaccine passport online here, or through the app. You can also apply directly with your local ward or municipality office.
You will need your My Number card for your application. If you don’t have your My Number card, you will need to apply for it first, which can take some time. We recommend planning well ahead if you are wanting to use your vaccine passport for travel.
If you are travelling internationally, you will also need your passport when applying for your vaccine passport.
Where can I go?
You can see a list of the countries that accept Japan’s vaccine passport here. Other countries will be added to the list when or if they are confirmed.
What about when I return to Japan?
You will still need to complete the usual entry procedures upon returning to Japan. To read more about those measures, plus other information on the coronavirus situation in Japan, read our article here.
Where can I go for more information?
It’s best to check with your local ward about how to apply for the vaccine passport, or check: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/certificate.html
For COVID-19 information in Japan, visit the Ministry of Health Japan website, Japan National Tourism Organization, or check with news platforms such as The Japan Times or Kyodo News.