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How to get a free Covid-19 test in Tokyo – if you have no symptoms

Feeling anxious about your health? Here’s how to get tested for free in Tokyo

Emma Steen
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Emma Steen

Covid-19 cases are on the rise, so the Japanese government has once again extended its campaign to provide residents with free Covid-19 tests. These tests are specifically for those who aren’t experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms, but wish to be tested for peace of mind. There are two types of Covid-19 tests available for free under this scheme: the PCR test (a nucleic acid amplification test) and the qualitative antigen test. 

To get tested, simply make a reservation at a designated facility online and show up on the day with a completed inspection application form and a valid ID (Japanese health insurance card, residence card, driver's licence or passport). In principle, you will have to be a resident of the area the clinic is in, meaning the free tests in Tokyo are only available to Tokyo residents. You’ll find a list of the testing facilities that are conducting free tests here.

There are, however, exceptions for those who want to get tested before visiting an elderly person or someone with an underlying illness. In this case, non-residents may qualify for a free test, but will have to provide a valid reason at their appointment.

Here are a few places that offer free tests in Tokyo:

T Care Clinic Hamamatsucho

This facility has clinics in both Tokyo and Osaka that offer free PCR tests for local residents.
Certificates confirming negative results for Covid-19 are available for an additional fee. 

HIS Shinjuku East Exit PCR Inspection Center

This Shinjuku facility offers free PCR tests for Tokyo residents only. Make your reservation online here.

Shibuya PCR Center Miyamasu-zaka

Make your reservation online here.

Welcia pharmacies

Welcia offers both the PCR test and the rapid antigen test for free. The pharmacy chain has branches all over Tokyo including Minato, Chiyoda, Koto, Sumida and Setagaya. See the pharmacy’s official website to find the closest store near you that offers the test you want. 

To learn more about the different types of Covid-19 tests, see this explainer from the WHO

This article was originally published on December 27 2021 and updated on July 26 2022.

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