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The spike in Covid-19 infections worldwide Japan made the Tokyo Metropolitan Government provide free self-antigen test kits to those with symptoms. This new initiative is exclusive to Tokyo residents in their 20s, ending between August 2, 1992 and August 1, 2002.
The way to register for the free self-test kit in Tokyo is to apply for the free self-test kit here. Fill out the application in the morning and you will receive an antigen test kit the next day. According to Timeout, there are around 70,000 self-antigen test kits available per day.
What to do if you test positive for Covid-19?
If you have tested positive for Covid-19, then you must register your results online here. Submit a photo ID stating your name and date of birth as well as a photo of a positive antigen test result.
Based on the information, doctors at the new Positive Case Registration Center will analyze the data and report the test results to the Puskesmas. The new registration center will be able to process around 3,000 positive cases per day.
You will be notified by email the next day, and receive information about Tokyo’s Uchi-Sapo health center, which provides medical consultation, health monitoring, and online symptom-based checks. For more information on the self-testing process, see here (Japanese only).
However, please note that you cannot apply for an antigen self-test kit if you have an underlying disease or BMI above 30, or if you are pregnant.
Currently, antigen self-test kits are only given to those in their 20s, as this age group tends to experience only mild symptoms. However, the Tokyo Government plans to gradually expand the service to other age groups as well.
If you come into contact with an infected person and begin to notice symptoms, then you can apply for a free antigen kit here for a test before visiting a medical service. This service is open to all Tokyo residents regardless of age.