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Operation of COVID-19 Testing Center for Overseas Travelers (TeCOT) to Start

October 6, 2020

From 13:00, October 8 (Thur.), 2020, operation of the COVID-19 Testing Center for Overseas Travelers (TeCOT) will start and overseas travelers will be able to find medical institutions at which they can undergo a test for the novel coronavirus disease and to make a reservation at such an institution. These services will be limited to business travelers for the time being.

1. Operation of TeCOT

From 13:00, October 8 (Thur.), 2020, TeCOT will launch online services allowing overseas travelers to find medical institutions which provide tests for the novel coronavirus disease and to make a reservation at such an institution.

As of October 8, 2020, 305* medical institutions are registered in TeCOT, and this allows medical institutions to conduct about 8,000 tests a day (on a weekday basis).

Note: This number includes medical institutions that usually do not accept visits from the public, e.g., internal clinics of private companies.

2. Eligible users of TeCOT

For this initial launch period, TeCOT will provide services only to business travelers. In addition, it will provide such services not only to Japanese nationals but also to overseas nationals residing in Japan, regardless of nationality. For people who will travel overseas for purposes other than business, e.g., overseas students, etc. leaving Japan, TeCOT services will begin at a later date only in cases where testing limits have not been exceeded. Additionally, consideration will be given to the use of TeCOT by travel agencies in due course.

Examples of business travelers:

Note: If you have any questions, please contact the TeCOT call center shown below.

3. Obtaining a gBizID

A gBizID is required to make use of TeCOT. Please note that an overseas company that has no Japanese affiliate cannot obtain a gBizID. Moreover, when a reservation at a medical institution is made, TeCOT will confirm whether or not a ticket for an international flight has been purchased for the user. For more information, see the manual for overseas travelers, which will be released on the website below by October 8, 2020.
 

Concerning gBizID categories, please see the following table.

Category of gBizID Category of overseas travelers
gBiz (corporations) This category includes: executive officers of companies, including those who are overseas nationals residing in Japan, Athletes who belong to official athletics associations, researchers who belong to recognized institutions such as universities
 
Note: TeCOT will provide services to executive officers of overseas companies which have no Japanese affiliates at a later date.
gBiz (individuals) Individual business operators, including freelancers
gBiz (public officers) Public officers of the national government or municipalities

Note: The gBizID system is an authentication service in which a business is able to log in to a variety of administrative services using one ID and one password. To obtain a gBizID, visit the website below.

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