Tsukuba City will start PCR testing
Tsukuba City will start PCR testing for its residents above elementary school age, and commuters to the city, who do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. Elementary school children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please read precautions before applying for a test.
Details of PCR testing
1.Date and time
Please check the following website.
- An appointment is required.
- Each time slot is 10 minutes long.
- Maximum of 60 people can be tested in a day.
- Your appointment will be cancelled if you are not on time.
2.Who is eligible?
Residents of Tsukuba City or those who work or go to school in the city without COVID-19 symptoms who are above elementary school age
Note: Please note that you are not eligible for testing if you have COVID-19 symptoms such as a fever within three days from a test, or if you had a close contact with someone infected with COVID-19.
3.Where and how to take a PCR test on an appointment day
West parking lot of Tsukuba City Hall (Please refer to the guide map.)
- If parking spaces around the PCR testing site are full, please use South and East customer car parks (free up to two hours).
- If you are arriving by car, you will be provided with a PCR test kit and asked to collect your saliva sample back in your car.
- If you are arriving by bike or motor bike, please use the bicycle parking lot on the east side of the City Hall.
4.When to start booking and the available booking period
Booking for a PCR test will start at 9:00 am on Monday, October 18, 2021.
Booking is available from eight weeks prior to the preferred testing day to12 pm of the day before (except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays).
If you wish to be tested on Thursday, October 21, you can book until 12:00 pm on Wednesday, October 20.
If you wish to be tested on Monday, October 25, you can book until 12:00 pm on Friday, October 22.
1,000JPY per test for Tsukuba City residents
2,000JPY per test for commuters to Tsukuba City
6.PCR testing facility
Tsukuba i-Laboratory LLP (Registered sanitation laboratory with international standard "ISO15189")
Note: Your name in katakana will be provided to the testing laboratory for specimen identification.
7.Specimens to be collected
8.How to get your PCR test result
Your PCR test result will be sent to the email address you provided at the time of booking in the afternoon of your testing day.
Note: Your test result will be sent by email only. Please be aware that we will not issue any official certificates.
Note: Please provide an email address that accepts PDF files.
9.About test results
If your test result shows positive, you will be asked to go to a medical institution for examination. We will also provide Tsukuba Health Center with your test result.
Even if your test result shows negative, there may be cases where a PCR test provides false-negative results.
Please proceed to book a PCR test only if you understand the above.
10.PCR testing flow
(1) Make an appointment in advance from the "Make an Appointment" section at the bottom of the page.
Note: Please check a confirmation email you will receive after making an appointment.
(2) On the day of your appointment, please check in at the PCR testing counter in the car park of Tsukuba City Hall, pay the fee, and collect your saliva.
(3) Your saliva sample will be tested at the private laboratory (pooling method)
(4) Your result will be sent to the e-mail address in the afternoon of the testing day (as a PDF file).
Note: The result notification is different from the certificate. No certificate will be issued.
Note: Please provide an email address that accepts PDF files.
How to book
Please book online from the following website. If you do not have an access to the Internet, please call the following number.
Your test result will be sent by email. If your email is set to receive emails only from specified domains to prevent spam, please change the settings. (Our domain names are email@example.com and city.tsukuba.lg.jp) Please check how to change the settings yourself
9:00am to 5:00pm
Except Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and between December 29 and January 3.
(1) If you are not feeling well on the day of your test, please refrain from taking the test and consult your healthcare provider. Please note that there may be cases where you are not able to take a test depending on your physical condition and body temperature which we check before your test.
You are eligible for the test only if you meet both of the following conditions on the day of the test:
- No symptoms of a cold such as a fever, coughs, runny nose, etc.
- You are not designated as a close contact by the public health center.
(2) Please do not do the following things 30 minutes before the test.
Eating, drinking (including candy and gum), brushing your teeth, and smoking.
(3) If you are tested positive, we will inform the public health center of your application information.
(4) Please be sure to bring your ID (resident card, health insurance card, student ID, etc.) and the fee. The fee must be paid in cash only.
(5) We will notify you of the test results, but we cannot issue a negative test result certificate with a doctor's certification for overseas travel. If you need such proof for overseas travel or other purposes, you will need to take a test again at a medical facility. Please contact us if you are not sure where you can take a test.
(6) Elementary school children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
(7) Please refrain from going out as much as possible and stay at home until your test result is available.
[Information from Ibaraki Prefecture] Free PCR and antigen testing for those who are worried about COVID-19 infection (Free PCR testing to be temporarily suspended from February 4, 2022)
Please note that PCR testing offered by Tsukuba City is not the same as free testing offered by Ibaraki Prefecture.
Please refer to the official website of Ibaraki Prefecture below for details.
<Contact point for free PCR and antigen testing for those who are worried about COVID-19 infection >
COVID-19 telephone consultation service: 029-301-3200 (only available in Japanese)
Opening hours: 8:30 am -10:00 pm (365 days a year)
Frequent questions and answers are listed below.
Q: Can I take a test after being vaccinated?
A: Yes. You can take a test(s) regardless of whether you were vaccinated or not, or how many doses you received.
Q: How many tests can I take?
A: You can take as many tests as you like.
Q: I am not a resident of Tsukuba City, but I commute to the city. Am I eligible for a test?
A: Yes. If you work or study in Tsukuba City, you will be eligible.
Q: How can I cancel or change my booking?
A: If you booked online, please cancel or change your booking online. Please make a phone call if you want to cancel or change your booking after 12:00 pm of the day before your test.
Q: Can I make a booking more than 8 weeks prior to my preferred test day?
A: No, you cannot.
Q: I cannot make an appointment online because I do not have an e-mail address.
A: Please call 029-883-1299.
Q: Can I make an appointment on the day?
A: No, appointments must be made by 12:00 pm on the day before the test. Up to 60 people can take a test per day and appointment will be closed as soon as each time slot becomes full.
Q: If there is a cancellation on the day, can I take a test instead?
A: No, you can’t
Q: What do I need to bring on the day of the test?
A: Please do not forget to bring your ID (residence card, driver’s license, insurance card, etc.) and testing fee (1000 JPY for Tsukuba city residents or 2000JPY for commuters to Tsukuba).
Q: Can I pay for the test with a credit card?
A: No, you can only pay in cash.
Q: Is there a toilet at the testing site?
A: There are no toilets near the testing site. Please use the toilet inside the City Hall.
Q: Can I use my test result as negative certificate of PCR test for “Ibatabi Anshin-wari (Tour discount in Ibaraki)”?
A: Yes. Required information for “Ibatabi Anshin-wari” is included in the attached document of the test result email. We will issue a receipt on the day of your test. Please refer to official website of “Ibatabi Anshin-wari” by Ibaraki Prefecture for further details and the latest information.
Q: I returned from abroad and am required to quarantine at home now. Is it possible for me to take PCR testing offered by Tsukuba City and use the result to request to shorten quarantine period?
A: The Health Monitoring Center for Overseas Entrants (operated by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare) confirmed that results of PCR testing offered by Tsukuba City are not valid for requesting to shorten quarantine period. Please find medical institutions which provide an appropriate testing result on the official website of the Health Monitoring Center for Overseas.
Q: Can I take a free PCR or antigen test for those who are worried about infection offered by Ibaraki Prefecture if I book a PCR test offered by Tsukuba City?
A: You can only book a PCR test offered by Tsukuba City on the official booking site for PCR testing offered by Tsukuba City. If you wish to take a free test offered by Ibaraki Prefecture, please refer to the official website of Ibaraki Prefecture below for details.