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COVID-19 Testing for Travel to Japan

By:  Marjaé Barrett | August 18th, 2022

In March 2019, approximately 176.5K Americans traveled to Japan. Only about 3.2K visitors were recorded traveling to Japan from the United States in March of 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitor numbers remain lower. SDxLabs has made it less stressful for our patients to travel to Japan by guiding them through the process. We help to ensure that testing is easy and accessible, and all paperwork requirements are met. Are you considering travel to Japan? SDxLabs is here to help! Sit back, relax, and let our lab do the work.

Our experienced lab team is very familiar with the COVID-19 testing requirements for entering the country. We have had many patients come to our lab for testing in order to travel to Japan.

COVID-19 Testing Requirement for travel to Japan

According to the CDC, travelers should consider getting tested for current infection with a viral test as close to the time of departure as possible (no more than 3 days) before travel.

Japan’s specific requirements for entry from the U.S. are located here:

 COVID-19 Information - U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Japan (

According to the website, “tourism is only allowed in cases where group travelers are sponsored by a travel agent and/or are part of an authorized travel group located in Japan.” While visa-free travel remains suspended, U.S. citizen may visit Japan for short-term purposes only, using a single-entry eVisa. You can apply for one online by visiting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ eVisa website . Upon approval for travel to Japan, it is strongly recommended to review the U.S. Embassy’s “Information for U.S. Citizens Traveling to Japan” webpage for a smooth travel process.

Regarding the pandemic, all travelers inbound to Japan, must receive a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of their flight. Test results presented must be in the prescribed format, complying with very strict requirements. SDxLabs uses PCR COVID-19 testing procedures according to regulation. Our lab will ensure each patient has what they need for successful travel to Japan.

SDxLabs COVID tests

Japan accepts negative results from RT-PCR COVID-19 tests for entry. SDxLabs has premium PCR testing available for the fastest turnaround time. PCR tests are the gold-standard COVID-19 testing according to the FDA. Our PCR COVID-19 test will detect even the smallest traces of the virus. Book with our lab or partnering locations for quick testing.

  • Premium PCR Test with next day results, saliva based, $125
  • Premium PCR Test with 4-hour results, nasal swab, $250

Visit our website for more information or click here to book your COVID-19 test for travel to Japan.

Documentation Requirements

The COVID-19 forms required for travel to Japan can be found on this website. When you come to our lab, please do the following to make the process run smoothly.

Pre-Testing Instructions:

  • Bring a printed copy of the forms with you to the appointment. As the traveler, please fill out the top portion with all of your personal information and passport number.
  • We will fill out the lab portion below.
  • Bring your passport to help verify your identity.

We will ensure all required forms are accurately completed for you. You will receive a second email following your test results that will contain the Japanese government form. 

Test Results

You will receive a notification both by text and email with a link to your report. We can offer a repeat test in the event of an indeterminate result, travelers will be responsible for payment. Please follow pre-testing instructions above to decrease the possibility of an indeterminate result.

Why should you test with us?

SDxLabs will make sure you meet all travel requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.  Getting a last minute COVID-19 test can be difficult. For those traveling last minute, SDxLabs is the place to go for quick, accurate COVID-19 test results. Especially when it comes to important business trips, there is simply no time to waste. Book now.

How to Book

You can book a test at SDxLabs two ways:

  • Visit our Solv page and use the scheduler to make an appoint. You have to have a US phone number.
  • Call the lab at (412) 677-0664 to make an appointment with one of our helpful customer service representatives. If the line is busy, feel free to leave a brief message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Working with SDxLabs, relieves all of the stress international travel can cause during the pandemic. Through our experience working with clients traveling to Japan, we are confident we have all of the means necessary to make your COVID-19 testing for travel to Japan process practically painless.