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COVID-19 travel and test requirements to fly from Barcelona, Spain to Japan

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Latest update: 06 September 2022

This page covers COVID-19 measures at Barcelona Airport for departing flights and COVID-19 travel documentation needed to fly from Barcelona Airport to Japan.

We also give details of a COVID testing centre in Barcelona city centre that issues travel documents and negative COVID tests that are recognized by the Japanese Government.

The COVID tests meet the following specification standards that are recognized by the Japanese government RT- PCR ISO 9001 and ISO 15189 and the Nationality is also specified on the document along with other documentation requirements for the Japanese government.

The testing centre also issues the certificates in the specific template format requested by the Japanese government to ensure Fast Track entry through customs checks. If the correct format is not used it can take longer to clear customers. This is why we specifically recommended this testing centre because they have experience of issuing Japanese COVID certificates to meet all requirements of the Japanese goverment.

Click here to see the specific template format requested by the Japanese government

We provide a link on this page so that you can make an online booking to be tested by this testing centre so that you have all the right paperwork necessary to fly from Barcelona to Japan.

We recommend you read all of this page because there is a lot of detailed COVID-19 information specifically dealing with travel between Barcelona and Japan.

IMPORTANT: you must specifically mention your destination is to Japan to the testing centre otherwise they will not know you require the special Japanese Government COVD certificates. If you do not inform the testing Centre you intend to fly to Japan they might just issue you a standard COVID PCR certificate that will not be accepted.

In addition, you’ll also find links to the official websites for Japan where you’ll be able to check the following:

  • COVID-19 entry restrictions to Japan from Barcelona, Spain
  • COVID-19 travel documentation needed to enter Japan from Barcelona, Spain
  • COVID-19 test requirements to enter Japan from Barcelona, Spain
  • Whether there is a quarantine upon arrival to Japan from Barcelona, Spain
  • COVID-19 recommendations in Japan for travellers to Japan
  • COVID-19 situation in Japan
  • COVID-19 travel requirements to enter Spain from Japan
A PCR nasal test, less comfortable than a PCR saliva test
Certificate of negative test result in the valid format requested by the Japanese government provided by a test centre in Barcelona

Steps to get your COVID test and your special COVID test certificate valid for entry to Japan

If you need to take a COVID test in Barcelona to fly to Japan and to get the special COVID test certificate requested by the Japanese Government, we recommend you book your test at a test centre in Barcelona that is used to perform COVID tests for people flying to Japan and to issue the special COVID test certificate needed for Japan.

Our Insider Tip

We strongly recommend you get tested at a test centre that is specifically authorized to undertake COVID tests that meet the Japanese Government requirements for issuing COVID test certificates for entry to Japan. A general COVID test centre may not know the specific requirements for Japan. We, therefore, recommend you use the specific reservation button below, which will enable you to reserve a COVID test with a COVID test centre that has confirmed that they are able to issue the special Japanese Government compliant COVID test certificates.

If, however, you still want to go to your own preferred test centre make absolutely certain first to confirm with them that they can meet the Japanese Government very specific requirements for issuing a COVID-19 negative test certificate.

If you get tested at the test centre recommend on this page the steps you need to follow to get tested and get your COVID test certificate for Japan are the following:

1. Fill out the appointment request form for your COVID test that you'll find upon clicking on the booking button below.

2. You'll receive a confirmation voucher to your email address with your appointment details, the test centre details and important information that you must read before getting tested. Make sure to check your SPAM or Junk folders as the confirmation voucher emails can be incorrectly filed in your SPAM or Junk folders.

3. You'll receive an email from the test centre to confirm your exact appointment time. Again, make sure to check your SPAM or Junk folders as the appointment confirmation email from the test centre can be incorrectly filed in your SPAM or Junk folders.

4. Go to the test centre at your confirmed appointment date and time.

5. Inform the reception staff that you'll need a COVID test certificate for Japan. The test centre will explain to you the whole procedure until you get your Certificate of negative test result for Japan and answers any questions you might have.

6. Get tested.

7. The doctor of the test centre calls you through video call once your COVID test results are available to verify you are the person who got tested before filling out and signing the certificate for Japan.

8. The test centre then sends your special certificate of negative test result needed to enter Japan to your email address. If you want to, you can also go back to the test centre to pick up your original certificate of testing for COVID-19 needed to enter Japan. The test centre will have it ready for you at the reception.

Administration fee for the special COVID test certificate for Japan: €45.00

The supplement will need to be paid on top of the price of your COVID test, directly at the test centre.


COVID-19 travel documentation needed to fly from Barcelona Airport to Japan

The COVID-19 travel documentation you need to leave Barcelona Airport is basically the COVID-19 travel documentation required to enter Japan. You do not need to fill out any COVID related form to present to the Spanish Authorities when you leave Spain.

However, the staff of your airline might check you have all your COVID-19 travel documentation for Japan before you board the plane, and the Authorities of Japan will check you have all your COVID-19 travel documentation when you arrive in Japan, so we strongly recommend you check the entry restrictions, the COVID-19 travel documentation and the COVID-19 test requirements for Japan in advance and that you have all the required travel documents required before heading to Barcelona Airport to take your flight for Japan

We have provided more information below on the COVID-19 entry restrictions, travel documentation and test requirements to enter Japan from Barcelona.


If you need a PCR test travel certificate to travel to Japan, you can easily get tested in Barcelona at a testing centre that performs a COVID test valid for Japan and that issues a PCR test travel certificate valid for Japan. It is worth getting tested in Barcelona city centre rather than the airport to ensure you have your required documentation for Japan in plenty of time before your flight. It also means you don’t have to arrive too early at Barcelona Airport and you are not feeling rushed to get your test certificates on time. Sometimes there is a minor error or detail that needs to be corrected on your COVID certificate, and you need enough time to be able to check your certificate details are 100% correct.

More details on the PCR test travel certificate valid for Japan are provided below on this page.


COVID-19 entry restrictions to Japan from Barcelona, Spain

You can look up if there are any entry restrictions for travellers from Barcelona, Spain to Japan on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan official website.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan official website

We also recommend to check the Coronavirus travel restrictions page of the Japan National Tourism Organization official website.

Japan National Tourism Organization official website

In addition, we recommend you also check the official website of the airport you’re flying to.

Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND)

If you fly to Tokyo, you can check the official website of Haneda Airport, with code HND :

Haneda Airport official website

and the specific COVID page of Haneda Airport:

Haneda Airport specific page on COVID

Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT)

If you fly to Tokyo Narita International Airport, with code NRT you can check the official website of the airport:

Narita International Airport official website

and the specific COVID page of Narita International Airport

Narita International Airport specific page on COVID

Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX)

If you fly to Osaka, you can check the official website of Kansai International Airport, with code KIX:

Kansai International Airport official website

and the specific COVID page of Kansai International Airport

Kansai International Airport specific page on COVID


COVID-19 travel documentation needed to enter Japan from Barcelona, Spain

You can check the mandatory COVID-19 travel documentation to enter Japan from Barcelona on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan official website.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan official website


COVID-19 test requirements to enter Japan from Barcelona, Spain

You can check the coronavirus test requirements and special COVID test certificate to enter Japan from Barcelona on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan official website, on their page about the valid format of certificate of negative test result needed for Japan.

Specific page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan official website on the special COVID test certificate for Japan

For Japan, the COVID test certificate delivered by the laboratory that analyzes your sample is not enough. As indicated on the page above, you'll need a specific format of certificate of negative test result for flying to Japan.

Where to get your special Japan certificate of negative test result in Barcelona

The valid format of certificate of testing for COVID-19 required to enter Japan needs to be filled out by a medical institution and signed by a doctor. You cannot fill it out yourself. As you can see on the FAQ of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on the Japanese certificate of testing for COVID-19, your certificate will be considered invalid if it's not properly filled out so it is important that an experienced test centre with Japanese certificates fills out your certificate so that you do not have any issue upon boarding your flight to Japan or upon landing.

We have identified a test centre in Barcelona that performs COVID tests for people flying to Japan and that delivers the specific COVID test certificate needed for Japan.

Filling out the specific format requested by Japan involves the following from the test centre:

- Before you get tested, the test centre explains to you the whole procedure until you get your Certificate of negative test result for Japan and answers any questions you might have

- The test centre makes a copy of your passport before you get tested, as they'll need your details to double check your COVID test results and to fill out the special certificate format needed for Japan.

- An administration staff from the test centre checks when your COVID PCR tests results are available and sends your test results to the doctor of the test centre as soon as they're available.

- The doctor checks your COVID test results.

- The doctor has a short video call with you the same day your PCR test results are available or the day after, depending on when you fly. A video call is needed so that the doctor can verify you are the person that got tested before filling out and signing the certificate for Japan.

The video call will be made through any of the following social media chat programs:

WhatsApp, FaceTime, Zoom, LINE, WeChat, or any other app you might use.

You will need to indicate your preferred communication means and phone number before getting tested so that the doctor knows were to call you.

The doctor speaks English, but do not worry if you do not speak English or if you speak little English as the main goal of the video call is to verify that you are the person who got tested.

A PCR nasal test, less comfortable than a PCR saliva test
Video call with a doctor of the test centre needed to get your certificate of negative test result in the format requested by the Japanese government signed by the doctor


- The test centre then sends your special certificate of negative test result that is needed to enter Japan to your email address. The test centre will ask you for your flight details to make sure you will always receive your certificate on time for your flight.

- If you want to, you can also go back to the test centre to pick up your original certificate of testing for COVID-19 needed to enter Japan. The test centre will have it ready for you at the reception.

Administration fee for the special COVID test certificate for Japan: €45.00

The supplement will need to be paid on top of the price of your COVID test, directly at the test centre. Upon arrival at the test centre, you'll need to specify that you'll need the specific certificate of testing for COVID-19 for Japan.


Quarantine upon arrival to Japan from Barcelona, Spain

You can check if a quarantine is required to enter Japan from Barcelona on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan official website.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan official website


COVID-19 recommendations in Japan for travellers to Japan

You can find the coronavirus recommendations for travellers to Japan on the Japan National Tourism Organization official website, on their page about Tips for a safe trip:

Tips for a safe trip to Japan page of the Japan National Tourism Organization


COVID-19 situation in Japan

You can check the COVID-19 situation in Japan on the Government of Japan official website, on their COVID-19 information and resources page

COVID-19 information and resources page of the Government of Japan


If you need a PCR test travel certificate to travel to Japan you can easily get tested in Barcelona at a testing centre that performs COVID test valid for Japan and that issue PCR test travel certificate valid for Japan


COVID-19 travel requirements to enter Spain from Japan

For flying to Spain from Japan, we strongly recommend you check the Spanish Health Ministry official website to:

- check the entry requirements for Spain
- learn about the Health Control Form you’ll need to fill out to enter Spain and the Health Control upon arrival to Spain
- look up the valid COVID-19 certificates to enter Spain including certificates of vaccination against COVID-19, certificates of negative COVID tests and certificates of recovery from COVID-19.

Spanish Health Ministry official website

European Medicines Agency official website

You can also check the COVID-19 recommendations of the Spanish Health Authorities on the Spanish Health Ministry official website.

COVID-19 recommendations of the Spanish Health Ministry


Recent questions on COVID tests and certificates in Barcelona for Japan

Question: We are flying from Japan to Spain. What are the COVID requirements to enter Spain by air travel? We have a EU vaccine pass but it is expired and we have not been able to take a booster vaccine. Can we enter Spain with a negative PCR test?

Answer: You can check the entry requirements to Spain on the following page:

COVID-19 Certificates To Travel to Barcelona, Spain By Air, Sea or Land in 2022 And Health Control Checkpoints


Question: To enter Japan, the Japanese government requires that the results of COVID tests are entered in a designated format. Is there a laboratory in Barcelona that can fill out this form for me?

Answer: Yes, as explained above on this page, there is a test centre in Barcelona that is located near the Sagrada Familia that performs COVID tests for people flying to Japan and delivers certificates of negative test result in the valid format for Japan. As indicated on the valid format of certificate of negative test result requested by the Japanese government to enter Japan the certificate needs to be filled out and signed by a doctor of a medical institution, which will be the doctor of the test centre near Sagrada Familia.



Question: I'm a permanent resident of Japan flying back to Japan from Barcelona. I would like to get a saliva COVID test at a laboratory that can provide the COVID test certificate in the format requested by the Japanese government. Can you recommend a place?

Answer: The test centre near Sagrada Familia that we have listed above on this page performs PCR saliva tests and issues certificates in the valid format of certificate of negative test result requested by the Japanese government to enter Japan.


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COVID-19 measures at Barcelona Airport for departing flights

You can check the COVID-19 measures in place at Barcelona Airport on the official website of Barcelona Airport.

Once you are on the page, click on the sections indicated below to learn about the COVID-19 measures at the airport:

- the 'Info COVID' button at the top right-hand side of the page
- the insert just below that says 'COVID 19 Health Alert. Important information for each airport'

Barcelona airport official website

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