Information in connection with the coronavirus (COVID-19)


Information for Norwegian citizens and foreign nationals who reside in Norway

Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus infection, the following border restrictions are currently implemented in Japan.

Visa restriction

All foreign nationals who wish to newly enter Japan under the exceptional circumstances are required to apply for a visa in advance of travel to Japan. Please click here for detailed visa application process.
(Note: It is still not possible to apply for a visa for tourism purpose.)

Exceptional circumstances
  • (1) Foreign nationals entering Japan with re-entry permit (including a special re-entry permit; the same applies hereinafter).
  • (2) Foreign nationals newly entering Japan who fall under any of the following.
    (Note) Depending on the purpose of your entry, you may need to get a Certificate of Eligibility at the regional immigration bureau and get Japan Visa at the Japanese embassy/consulate in the country/region.
  • Foreign nationals who departed from Japan with a re-entry permit before August 31, 2020 and who were not permitted to re-enter Japan because the validity period of the re-entry permission expired after the country/region of stay was designated an area subject to denial of landing.
  • Spouse or child of a Japanese national/permanent resident.
  • Spouse or child of a foreign national where the foreign national has the status of residence of “Long-Term Resident”, whose family is staying in Japan and who has been separated from his/her family.
  • A foreign national who is to acquire the status of “Dependent“ or “Designated Activities (limited to Public Notice Nos. 7, 18, 19, 23, 24, 30, 31, 38, 45, and 47)“, and who has been separated from his/her family and where there is a need for him/her to be reunited with his/her family.
  • A foreign national who is to acquire the status of residence of "Diplomat" or "Official".
  • A foreign national entering Japan under “New measures for border enforcement (27) on February 24, 2022”
    (Note)The New entry of foreign nationals into Japan under the supervision of receiving organizations is allowed, except for those entering Japan for tourism. Please see this page (Reviewed border measures from March 2022) for further information.
  • A foreign national who is to acquire the status of residence of “Temporary Visitor” for the purpose of visiting a relative / an acquaintance (in a case of visiting an acquaintance, only a foreign national who have a relationship to him/her equivalent to a relative, or who is recognized his/her necessity to visit Japan.) .
    (Note) A relative / An acquaintance residing in Japan has to pledge (PDF)Open a New Window to take quarantine measure as Inviting Person when applicants apply for visa at the Japanese embassy / consulate. (Letter of Invitation (PDF)Open a New Window)
  • In addition to the above, foreign nationals who are recognized to be in special exceptional circumstances corresponding to an individual situation such as the need for humanitarian consideration or the need for public benefit.

Quarantine measures to enter / re-enter Japan

1. Information on detailed quarantine regulation:

COVID-19: Current Japanese Border Measures

Fast Track : You can pre-register for airport quarantine procedures!

Visit Japan Web service(Registration before entering Japan)

2. List of institutions providing PCR test and certificate of negative test result.
A traveler from Norway is required to present certificate of negative result of Covid-19 test conducted within 72 hours of the departure time from Norway. 
Please note that some types of test / sample collection methods are not approved by the Japanese quarantine authority. Certificates of tests conducted by the type of test / sample collection methods that are not approved by the Japanese authority have resulted in several problems at the time of boarding or at the time of entry to Japan. In some cases, boarding or entry have been denied because of the invalid certificates.
Accordingly, please use a format prescribed by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as far as possible. In case you use a different format such as an original format by a test institution, please be sure that the format conforms to the format by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

【Valid test / sample collection methods】
Submission of inspection certificate (Minisitry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
FAQ for the Confirmation of Certificate of testing for COVID-19 

【Format prescribed by the Minisitry of Health, Labour and Welfare】
Valid format of certificate of negative test result

【Institutions in Norway providing Covid-19 test】
The following institutions provide Covid-19 test and issue certificate of negative test result. We recommend you to inquire the relevant institution about the possibility of issuing of certificate in format prescribed by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare well in advance, and to ask them to issue a certificate in the prescribed format as far as possible.
Oslo Helse(Oslo)
Dr. Dropin (Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen)
Aleris (Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, Stavanger, Åresund)
Volvat (Oslo, Bergen)
Kry (Oslo, Trondheim)
Helsepartner (Tromsø)
Klinikk Spero (Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger)
Medi3 (Åresund)

*Some test institutions provide gratis rapid antigen test (hurtigtest), but please note that rapid antigen test (hurtigtest) is not recognized as valid test method by the Japanese health authority. Please take PCR test to get a certificate of negative test result.