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“Register of Medical Institutions Issuing COVID-19 Testing Certificates” for Overseas Travelers to be Updated

October 14, 2020

  • The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will update the “Register of Medical Institutions Issuing COVID-19 Testing Certificates” (hereinafter referred to as the “register”). The register shows medical institutions that have been registered based on their filing of applications (currently targeting those filed on or before October 9 (Fri.), 2020) and are therefore allowed to issue a Certificate of a Negative Result of a Test Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease for overseas travelers.

  • The number of medical institutions registered in the register has come to 429 across Japan, and this allows medical institutions to conduct about 13,000 medical tests a day (on weekdays).

1. Outline of the register for overseas travelers

On September 4 (Fri.), 2020, METI and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) began accepting applications from medical institutions for official registration as institutions that are authorized to issue a Certificate of a Negative Result of a Test Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease for overseas travelers. In response, they examined the applications received on or before October 9 (Fri.), 2020, in accordance with the predetermined criteria (*1) that METI and MHLW set. As a result of the examination, they registered 429 medical institutions in the register (*2) prepared by the government. The register has also been published on the TeCOT website (*3). Moreover, the register will be shared with overseas governments if requested in order to allow business travelers and others to smoothly enter their destination countries.

Notes:

*1. Rules for registering medical institutions to the Register of Medical Institutions Issuing COVID-19 Testing Certificates for Overseas Travelers (determined by METI and MHLW on September 3, 2020; See related materials 1 and 2)

*2. Register of Medical Institutions Issuing COVID-19 Testing Certificates (See related material 3)

*3. Website exclusively for TeCOT

2. Current situations of registered medical institutions in each region

For the current situations of registered medical institutions in each region, see Note 4 below. 429 medical institutions across Japan have now been registered in the register, and this allows medical institutions to conduct about 13,000 medical tests a day (on weekdays), including medical institutions that usually do not accept visits from the public, e.g., internal clinics of private companies.

Note:

4. Results of the call for applicants from medical institutions intending to issue a Certificate of a Negative Result of a Test Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease for business travelers (latest results of the call from September 4 to October 9, 2020; See related material 4)

3. Applications for registration

METI and MHLW are continually accepting applications from medical institutions to join the register. The register will be published occasionally after qualified medical institutions have been added. As for the next round of the call, they will publicize successful medical institutions on October 30 (Wed.), 2020, if such institutions file an application on or before October 23 (Fri.), 2020.

Reference: Related materials

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