If you are planning on traveling internationally to or from Japan, then taking the PCR test and receiving an official certificate is a must. Even if you are not going abroad anytime soon, it’s still the best way to be certain that you are not currently infected. Navigating your way through clinics in Japan, however, can be a bit of a daunting and complicated process — especially if you are not confident speaking Japanese. At Clinic Nearme’s affiliated clinic, you are guaranteed to get a quick, accurate coronavirus test with the best, English-friendly medical service.
PCR tests are the most accurate COVID-19 tests currently available; the other two tests are antibody and self-test kits, which many countries do not endorse. For international travel, you will need to take a PCR test as it is the most endorsed by major airports around the globe.
Luckily, Clinic Nearme prides itself on providing English service for patients looking for PCR tests in Tokyo and, as of August 2021, in Osaka. After finding out the struggle many foreigners face when entering a Japanese clinic — particularly due to language barriers — they initiated the English-friendly PCR test service.
“Our goal is to improve the lives of many people,” states Wonkeun Yu, executive officer of Clinic Nearme’s business development team. “There are many clinics in Tokyo [and Osaka] that provide English service, but they mainly cater to Japanese people—there are no English speakers, and all the documents are in Japanese. Our international team is very eager to support [foreigners in Japan] during this pandemic. We understand what they truly need and want to provide the best health care.”
For international travel, you will need to bring an official negative test result to the airport, and certificates issued by Clinic Nearme are acknowledged by many major countries such as the U.S., South Korea, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, India, Nepal, France, Thailand, Indonesia and more. Anyone can be rest assured to navigate the booking process easily at Clinic Nearme with their multi-language website, too (English, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and French).
Efficiency, safety and comfort are at the heart of Clinic Nearme. For all your needs concerning Japanese-English translation, the clinic will provide you high-quality standards service thanks to its professional dispatch of translators. The place accepts same-day testing for those who urgently need it, and guarantees next-day results. An option to receive the certificate in the evening is also available for an additional fee. The examination itself only takes 10 minutes.
Our international team is very eager to support [foreigners in Tokyo] during this pandemic. We understand what they truly need and want to provide the best health care.
Conveniently located just three minutes away from Hamamatsucho Station, T Care Clinic Hamamatsu-cho affiliated clinic of Clinic Nearme is open every day from 9 am to 7 pm, and accepts patients until 6:30 pm. Booking can be made through their online form, by phone or by chat via the application LINE. On the day of your visit, you must bring a valid passport to the reception desk. The clinic also encourages you to bring an insurance card, especially if you are showing symptoms. If you have no symptoms and are taking the test for travel, an insurance card is not necessarily needed.
T Care Clinic Osaka is open everyday from 9am – 6pm and is only a two-minute walk from Namba Station. Like its Tokyo location, booking can be made through their online form, by phone or by chat via the application LINE. Additionally, if there is an availability, patients can make reservations on the same day.
For just ¥22,000 (not covered by insurance), which is a fraction of the fee of other clinics, you will get a PCR test package and English support, complete with certificate issuance. PCR tests without certificates cost just ¥16,500. Negative-result certificates can be taken at their reservation center between 3 pm to 9 pm (same-day certificates can be issued for an additional ¥3,300, available between 7 pm to 9 pm). Those who have tested positive will be called directly to be given further instructions. A PCR test with a simple result report is ¥19,800.
For Yu and his team, providing a top-notch English service for PCR tests translates beyond just that — it’s about bringing inclusivity to the medical industry in Japan. “As a Korean myself, I had a hard time booking an appointment for the covid-19 test,” he says. “It would be amazing if we can be more welcoming to foreigners in terms of healthcare. Many of us still feel lost.”
Clinic Nearme is your reliable, foreign-friendly stop for a PCR test, ensuring only the best treatment and environment. For more information and details on details on booking process and fees, kindly refer to their website.
5th floor, SW Shimbashi Building, 6-14-5 Shimbashi, Minato-ku
Advanced booking required
Open Mon – Sun
9am – 7pm
T Care Clinic Osaka
1F, 2-chōme-2-14 DōtonboriChuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0071
Open Mon – Sun