Swiss residents in Japan

Local news, 12.05.2021

Local Japanese authorities are competent in regards to health and public safety. Please make sure to follow their instructions carefully.

Entry Japan

  • The Japanese government is implementing the following restrictions for entry into Japan for many countries including Switzerland: Non-Japanese nationals who have been in specifically designated countries or regions in the past 14 days are denied entry to Japan, unless the circumstances are exceptional. Foreigners with the status of “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident”, who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission, are treated, in principle, as persons in special circumstances. Please contact an Embassy of Japan or the Immigration authorities of Japan for further information and clarification of the exact procedure: LINK.
  • As of December 28, 2020, the relaxation of the 14-day quarantine is suspended. Non-Japanese nationals with the status of residence returning from Switzerland to Japan have in any case to quarantine for 14 days.
  • A negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before departure will be requested upon arrival in Japan. It is important that the test results are available in English language. 
  • Returners are then required to self-quarantine for 3 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief (only at the accommodations booked by the quarantine office) until further notice. On the third day they are required to take the COVID-19 test again. Those who have negative result in this test are still required to self-quarantine at home as a substitute for the accommodations booked by the quarantine office till passing 14 days after entering Japan. 
  • The Japanese authorities also request persons entering Japan to fill a questionnaire online. For more information, please see this webpage from the Japanese authorities.


Persons residing in Japan must comply with the vaccination requirements of Japan. Information on Pre-vaccination Screening Questionnaire for COVID-19 vaccine, Instructions for COVID-19 vaccination (manufactured by Pfizer) and Notice on COVID-19 vaccination is available on the website of the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Swiss nationals insured under the Swiss compulsory health insurance with a Swiss provider can be vaccinated in Switzerland. Please contact your health insurance provider or attending physician. More information on COVID-19 vaccination in Switzerland can be found on the FOPH webpages: Coronavirus: Vaccination & Protect yourself and others: Vaccination as well as on the website of the Organization of the Swiss Abroad.

AHV - Life and civil status certificate

Please follow the new outlined procedure by the Swiss Compensation Office (SCO) in Geneva.