More on COVID-19 vaccines in Japan

COVID-19 vaccines The Japanese government aims to prepare COVID-19 vaccines, so that all citizens can receive vaccinations by the end of the first half of 2021. We are expected to see the Pfizer vaccine by the end of February 2021. But as this will be funded by the government, they will only be distributed to designated hospitals. COVID-19 vaccination coupons will be associated with your social security number (My Number). Which will allow the government to monitor and track vaccine administration as two doses per person will be necessary.

Updated Jan 28th, 2021

PCR Testing for International Travel


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires airline passengers to show proof of a negative corona virus test or recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States. American Clinic Tokyo will conduct PCR testing for asymptomatic individuals preparing to travel. We do not perform PCR testing for symptomatic individuals.

Cost: 30000 yen plus tax (Includes consultation fees. A physician signed report will be issued electronically and in writing. A Hawai’i state PCR negative certificate will be issued for travelers to Hawai’i.)

Method of sample collection: Saliva ( NAAT- nucleic acid amplification test – Test kit/device: cobas® SARS-CoV-2 / cobas 8800 System), Turnaround Time: minimum 26 hours

Appointments: Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) 9: 00-17: 00 by appointment at the American Clinic Tokyo located near the U.S. embassy in Akasaka, Tokyo. Drive thru options are also available. Sample collection at home, office, or hotel can be arranged case-by-case (separate visit fees will be required).

Reservations: Please call 03-6441-0969 or email us at Tests must be conducted within 72 hours of departure from Japan. Please provide your name (as shown on passport), date of birth, flight details and airport of departure.

Notice: If the test result is positive we will not be able to issue a certificate of clearance. In rare cases, a re-test will be required by our laboratory. In this case, the result may not be available at the expected time. All payments are non-refundable. Furthermore, we will not be responsible for any delays or missed flights.

American Clinic Online

In an effort to prevent community transmission of respiratory illness (COVID-19), we are launching American Clinic Online services to our established patients.Consultations with physicians will be performed on VSee (a telemedicine platform used by NASA). Medicine will be sent to your home or office without physically visiting our clinic. Please register with the following link and call us using VSee for more information. If you cannot reach us, try our regular number at 03-6441-0969.

Rapid COVID-19 IgM/IgG Antibody Testing (Research Use Only)

We are currently conducting Rapid COVID-19 IgM/IgG Antibody Testing.* Contact our office at +81-3-6441-0969 or if you wish to participate. Registration fee will be 10000 yen plus tax per person. Appointments are required in advance. *Please note that this is NOT the PCR test or Antigen test to diagnose COVID-19.

Japan Visitor 24/7 Hotline

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) operates a visitor hotline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call for tourist information or assistance in the case of accidents and emergencies including novel coronavirus(COVID-19). Support is available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

  • JAPAN VISITOR HOTLINE 050-3816-2787
  • IF CALLING FROM OVERSEAS +81-50-3816-2787

Recombinant Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine: SHINGRIX

Recombinant shingles vaccine is the preferred vaccine for the prevention of shingles. This vaccine is recommended for adults 50 years and older without serious immune problems. It is given as a two-dose series, two months apart. A sore arm with moderate pain is very common, affecting about 80% of vaccinated people. Redness and swelling can also happen at the site of the injection. For more information please follow this link:


Japan is experiencing sustained community transmission of respiratory illness (COVID-19) caused by the novel coronavirus. The virus can spread from person to person.

  • If you have traveled to a place or were in contact with a person known to have 2019-nCoV illness.
  • If you are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

We ask you to contact the following designated medical facilities for further guidance.

Our clinic is not a designated medical facility for class II infections. We do not conduct testing for symptomatic individuals. Please do not walk-in if you are symptomatic as this will pose a risk to others and may spread infection. Please call our office in advance if you have questions.