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Highlights of Japan: Tokyo to Kyoto

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    EF Go Ahead Tours currently requires that all tour participants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must have proof of negative results for a COVID-19 test
    taken within 72-hours before departure. These requirements are in addition to any destination requirements listed below due to US Department of State and CDC guidance, the wellbeing of the group, and/or operational feasibility.

    The United States to Japan

    Please note: Local requirements may be listed for destinations not visited on your tour itinerary. Cross-reference your itinerary to confirm which guidelines apply to you.

    General information

    Mandatory COVID-19 test on arrivalNEEDED ON ARRIVAL

    Travelers including Japanese nationals are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.

    Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    No proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test required for transit

    Travelers who are not entering Japan and transferring directly to a third country by transit, are not required to submit any documents and undergo COVID-19 PCR tests.

    The following cases require entry into Japan hence have to go through regular entry procedures: -Transferring between Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) and Narita International Airport; -Travelers with a connecting flight out of Narita International Airport the following day.

    Masks are recommended in public

    Travelers are recommended to wear masks in public.

    Documents needed

    No visa requiredNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    To visit Japan for Business or Tourism, you do not require a visa. To check permitted length of stay and other entry requirements, visit the government site.

    Mandatory quarantine questionnaireNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers must fill up a quarantine questionnaire form, 1 per person, and present the QR code upon arrival. Paper forms are also available at the airport.

    Mandatory proof of vaccinationNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers are considered fully vaccinated after at least 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose in a 2 doses regime. The day of the second vaccination does not count as one of the 14 days. For travelers who received 2 different types of vaccines, vaccines must be accepted in Japan. Vaccines accepted in Japan are Comirnaty/Pfizer, Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca/Covishield, and Moderna. The following items on a vaccination certificate such as name, date of birth, the vaccine name, date of vaccination, and a number of doses must be listed either in Japanese or English. The COVID-19 vaccination certificate must be issued by an official body such as the government of any of the countries approved. For more details regarding vaccination certificates accepted in Japan, please see the source.

    Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test resultsNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 (RT-PCR, LAMP, TMA, TRC, Smart Amp, NEAR, or CLEIA) test result. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure. This includes Japanese nationals, Business Track, and Residence Track travelers too. Quantitative COVID-19 antigen tests are accepted, however, please check the source to verify the valid format for the certificate of negative results.

    The test results must have a name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, gender, test method, test result, sample collection date and time, test result determination date, test certificate issuance date, medical institution name, address, medical institution imprint or signature in English.

    Mandatory written pledgeNEEDED ON ARRIVAL

    All Japanese nationals and foreign nationals with a status of residence traveling to Japan are required to pledge to follow specific health measures and provide their contact information.

    Japan to The United States

    Please note: Local requirements may be listed for destinations not visited on your tour itinerary. Cross-reference your itinerary to confirm which guidelines apply to you.

    General information

    Masks are mandatory on public transportation

    Travelers must wear masks on public transportation in the United States. Some states still require the use of masks in public places, please verify the regional requirements before traveling.

    Documents needed

    Mandatory travel attestation formNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers must complete a travel attestation form before arrival. This form will be provided by the airline. Airlines may let you complete your attestation electronically, such as through the VeriFLY app. However, you may still want to keep a printed copy as a precaution. Section 1 of the form below must be completed by all travelers while section 2 must only be completed by travelers that are not citizens or residents of the USA.

    Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test resultsNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    All travelers regardless of their vaccination status must have an original printed or electronic negative COVID-19 viral test result (NAAT: RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR, HDA, or Antigen: Rapid). The test must be taken 1 day before the first scheduled departure time in the flight itinerary. Test results must include the traveler's full name and at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number. The test must also clearly state that the results are "negative," SARS-CoV-2 RNA not detected," SARS-CoV-2 antigen not detected," or "COVID-19 not detected." A test marked "invalid" is not acceptable. This requirement applies to all travelers, including US citizens, residents, and transit travelers. Travelers may use a self-test (sometimes referred to as a home test) that meets the given criteria. Please check the source for more information. Some US states might have more strict rules regarding COVID-19 test types and where they must be administered. Please carefully review the rules before traveling to each state.

    This requirement does not apply to: -Travelers under the age of 2; -Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19. These travelers must show proof of a positive viral test from the preceding 90 days and a letter from their healthcare provider or public health official stating they are cleared to end isolation. Please see the source for more details.

    Mandatory proof of vaccinationNEEDED BEFORE ARRIVAL

    Travelers are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if 2 weeks have passed since their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The US government currently accepts vaccines approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. FDA and the WHO. Vaccines accepted are Pfizer-BioNTech (e.g., COMIRNATY, Tozinameran), AstraZeneca-Oxford (e.g., Covishield, Vaxzevria), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, Sinopharm BIBP, Covaxin and Sinovac-CoronaVac. Travelers unable to present a valid certificate may be required to comply with rules for unvaccinated travelers.

    Any combination of 2 doses of an FDA approved/authorized or WHO emergency use listed COVID-19 2-dose series are accepted. The second dose in a 2-dose heterologous series must have been received no earlier than 17 days (21 days with a 4 day grace period) after the first dose. For more information about accepted proof of vaccination, please check the source.