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COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements for Travel to the United States
January 18, 2022

Vaccine Requirements for Travel to the United States

All non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. This requirement does not apply to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. lawful permanent residents (Green Card holders), or immigrants.

Exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited:

  • Children under 18
  • People medically unable to receive the vaccine
  • Emergency travelers who do not have timely access to a vaccine

Details on exceptions and waivers due to humanitarian concerns is available at Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air Travel to the United States | CDC.

Both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated should travel with proof of their vaccination status to provide to their airline prior to departure to the United States. That proof of vaccination should be a paper or digital record issued by an official source and should include the traveler’s name and date of birth, as well as the vaccine product and date(s) of administration for all doses the traveler received. CDC has determined that for purposes of travel to the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use listed (EUL) vaccines. See here for more information.


COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Travel to the United States

Starting December 6, all air passengers 2 years or older with a flight departing to the US from a foreign country at or after 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) on December 6, 2021, are required show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight. Check the CDC website and State Department website for additional information.

Click here to see a list of testing facilities that have indicated they can conduct COVID-19 testing for travel to the United States in Japan. The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare also maintains a list of fee-based testing services in Japanese only.




Inquiries on COVID-19 vaccine and testing

The Embassy and consulates are not able to answer inquiries about COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements. Travelers with general questions regarding COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements can find answers to frequently asked questions on CDC and State Department website listed below. Travelers may consult their airlines with case specific inquiries.

FAQ for COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Requirements