Travel to Japan


Japan COVID Guidelines/Requirements:

***Effective 08-Jan-2022*** 

Official and leave travel to Japan will be considered on a case-by-case basis, consideration for this and exception to travel lies with the first O-6 or higher in the travelers chain of command. 

All travelers inbound to Japan, 2 years and older (REGARDLESS of Vaccination Status), MUST receive a negative viral test (PCR or Antigen) within 72 hours of departure from SEATAC., with the following exceptions:

1) SOFA status travelers who have fully recovered from a laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 infection within the previous 90 days.
2) SOFA members (fully vaccinated OR age 5 and under) unable to receive a COVID-19 test within 3 days of their travel. (Requires an ETP from the first O-6 or higher in their chain of command).

For your test, time zones must be taken into account.  SeaTac is in the Pacific Standard Time zone.

Travelers recovered from COVID-19 infection must receive clearance from a health care provider or public health official and maintain a copy of the clearance letter in their possession during travel. 

Written documentation from treating physician must indicate: 

1)  Date of symptoms onset,

2)  Traveler has recovered,

3)  Travelers personal identifiers (i.e. name, birth date, DoD ID) must match other travel documentation,

4)  Must be signed and on letterhead containing name, address, and phone number of licensed healthcare provider or public health official stating passenger is cleared for travel.   

Must be accompanied with proof of COVID-19 positive results. 

Acceptable Covid-19 result formats for Japan:  Hardcopy, Digital.  Handwritten test are NOT accepted.

For SOFA members, flying via MILAIR or Patriot Express, who are fully vaccinated or age five (5) and under, unable to receive a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel, may request an exception to policy (ETP) from the first O-6 in their chain of command. 

ETP correspondence must identify the travelers unable to test and the reason a test was not possible. If an ETP is granted, member will be restricted to his/her domicile or residence in Japan until in receipt of the first negative COVID-19 test.


Official Travel to Japan:

***Update for travel to Japan and Korea as of 28-Jun-2021*** 

DoD Civilians and Eligible Family Members on official travel must have either a Special Issuance Passport (SIP) or, as a temporary measure, a memorandum from a DoD Passport Agent stating the SIP application was submitted prior to departure from the point of origin. The memorandum must identify each applicant, date of submission, country of travel for PCS/TDY/TAD and DoD VPAS ID. For a limited time, boarding a flight while on official travel status with a Regular (blue tourist) Passport is permissible ONLY with such a memo, which is to be presented to boarding officials, upon request.  NOTE: ATTENTION: EXTENSION TO TEMPORARY USE OF A REGULAR PASSPORT IN LIEU OF SPECIAL ISSUANCE PASSPORT FOR OFFICIAL TRAVEL. THIS TEMPORARY EXCEPTION ORIGINALLY SET TO EXPIRE ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2021 HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 30 SEPTEMBER 2022.


The Yokota Passenger Terminal has created a video to help passengers who are transitioning through the Yokota Terminal.  Click here to watch the video.

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